Mississippi Prisons Go Smoke-Free

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi prisons go smoke-free Sunday.

Mississippi Department of Corrections officials say the policy covers any building, grounds and prisons operated by the agency. Signs have been posted around the facilities for several weeks reminding employees and inmates of the policy.

MDOC spokeswoman Tara Booth says employees and inmates have
known about the no-smoking policy since mid-December. She says the
canteens in the prisons have been selling fewer and fewer tobacco
products over the past few weeks.

Booth says the MDOC medical director will make patches and other smoking cessation products available to help those with severe addictions.


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  • by SO WHAT Location: MERIDIAN on Jul 7, 2012 at 07:43 AM
    they can force all public places to be smoke free, why can't they force the local jails and prisons? Smoking is a priv., not a right.
  • by serioulsy Location: meridian on Jul 5, 2012 at 02:27 PM
    Are you ________ serious? They are in jail. They should be denied cigarettes along with everything thing else. It's a shame that people in jail have it better than the people who aren't. They should be locked up with one meal a day, maybe, just maybe two, no cigarettes, nothing but water to drink and that's it period. In a cell, with nothing to do, all day, everyday.
  • by empolyee Location: lost gap on Jul 2, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    crazy inmates short staff riot = major lawsuit for GEO or MTC
  • by unknown Location: unknown on Jul 1, 2012 at 11:44 PM
    This won't bother the guards at all!! They will just smuggle them in some and make a killing. Just like they do from the sales of cell phones and drugs. It just another money maker in their eyes. And that the truth of the matter.
  • by Ray on Jul 1, 2012 at 09:59 PM
    These people are in JAIL, not a Hilton. If they can't survive for a day or two or longer without their cigarettes, who cares. I say make them quit cold turkey and deal with the withdrawal systems in their cell. It's not our job as tax paying citizens to make sure these lawbreakers are comfortable with all the comforts of home. That's what is wrong with prisons/jails now. Take away the prisoners internet/cigarettes/cell phones/etc. and maybe then they will think twice before committing a crime. Bring back chain gangs and make them work off their debt to society and I guarantee the overcrowding problem in jail will slowly be solved. More than half of the prisoners in jail now have never worked a day in their lives and never will because they are sitting on their butts, smoking a cigarette, on the internet, doing nothing.
  • by Waterman on Jul 1, 2012 at 08:36 PM
    This is a joke right. The staff can not keep drugs ans cell phones from the inmates. Now you are telling them no tobacco. I see BIG problems with this. How many lawsuits are going to be files saying you are violating their constitional rights? How many roits are there going to be? These people are there because they could not obey the rules and you think putting up signs is going to do something. I feel for the staff, they are going to take the brunt of this.
  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Jul 1, 2012 at 02:31 PM
    I wonder if the state took into account the amount of tax revenue they would be losing on the cigarette tax.
  • by Anonymous Location: Philly on Jul 1, 2012 at 02:20 PM
    Let them criminals go cold turkey that should be part of the punishment process.
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