Work Away Jail Time

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A new Mississippi law gives nonviolent inmates the chance to earn a day off their sentences for each day they work. In the past, inmates got one day off for every three days of labor.

The new trusty work plan is one of several new Mississippi laws that take effect Thursday, the first day of the new state fiscal year.

The new work program is off-limits to some inmates including sex offenders, habitual offenders and those convicted of trafficking in controlled substances.