Parole law costing taxpayers millions

If those behind bars lack an “approved address” as required under the law, they must stay there, explained Steve Pickett, chairman of the state Parole Board.

He said he’s “outraged at the idea of keeping someone in prison because they are homeless. My biggest problem beside simple humanity is I do not like to see taxpayers’ dollars wasted.”

Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher said there are currently 191 paroled offenders having to stay in prison because they don’t have an “approved address” for a home or a place to go.

Clarion Ledger