Mississippi prisons chief: Put inmates serving life back to work

Mississippi’s corrections commissioner says, “I want to put inmates back to work.”

A visit to the Louisiana State Penitentiary showed him that when inmates sentenced to life in prison teach job skills to inmates with shorter sentences, everyone benefits, Commissioner Marshall Fisher told The Clarion-Ledger.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections has forbidden work details for inmates serving life sentences since one escaped from a job two years ago. Mississippi’s 18,000 inmates include more than 2,000 serving life.