Prisons chief: Programs needed to keep ex-inmates on track

The head of Mississippi’s prison system says the state needs to improve programs that help people get their lives on track as they leave prison.

Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher says even with a tight budget, it’s a smart financial decision to try to prevent people from committing more crimes and returning to custody.

Fisher told a legislative committee Monday that “re-entry courts” could help former inmates find social services, drug treatment or job training.