Will Inmates Be Cut Loose?

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Gov. Haley Barbour said Thursday that a fourth round of budget cuts for this year is likely.

He has already made three rounds of cuts because of dismally low state revenues.

Barbour has indicated that continuing cuts might lead to some prisoners being released from jail. That's a possibility that local law enforcement is hoping doesn't happen.

So far the number being tossed around is 3,000 to 4,000 state inmates who could be released due to the state's floundering economy.

According to Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie, that could mean serious problems for local communities on a good day, but definitely during a recession.

The governor has said that stimulus money may be used to lower the number of inmates who are released, but regardless of the number, Sollie says releasing inmates who aren't up for release sends a dangerous message.

Not only does it create a potential safety issue for the county, but Sheriff Sollie says it also could mean trouble for inmate labor.

But when you have crime, you have victims. This news has already created criticism from victims of crime who say releasing inmates isn't fair and could create more crime.

Sollie said he hopes only non-violent offenders would be released.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2010 at 07:57 PM
    amen lucy amen sister
  • by Lucy on Feb 5, 2010 at 01:58 PM
    lynn honey you better hope he didnt cut teacher pay because you are in need of an education... none offenders? everybody deserves a second chance... like Bridgette said add your name and address and you can be the house they rob on their 2nd time around
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    Touche', Teacher. :o) Am I at least right that you can't get blood out of a turnip? I'm paying much more for groceries each week, more for everything, got no raise the past two years. The state suffers the same way, because its money is our money. The only way it has more is if it takes it from us. So where is Barbour or any governor going to come up with the magical money? He could cut his own pay, sure. How far is that $100,000 going to go? It's a drop in the bucket.
  • by Teacher Location: Mississippi on Feb 5, 2010 at 01:09 PM
    As a matter of fact, the state pays the base salary and the individual school district is only required to pay the teacher a $1 supplement.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 at 11:41 AM
    "he turns and cut teachers pay"? The state does not pay teachers. Individual school districts pay teachers.
  • by lynn Location: meridian on Feb 5, 2010 at 11:12 AM
    this is what happens when you put people in position who cant keep there word or words, bush put us here u keep forgetting that and then you coming right along and put barbour in office with him and look what happen he turns and cut teachers pay why i education was at the top of the list he's cutting pay for everybody else but hisself so let the none offenders out everybody deserves a second chance and who are you to judge
  • by Bridgette on Feb 5, 2010 at 11:03 AM
    ok mary brooks, anonymous, and nell... lets let all "non violent" offenders out.. are you people forgetting that they are in jail for a reason? why dont you list your address for them so when these "non violent" people are released they can come to your home and rob you blind.... but dont get upset with them because it was ok to release them remember? and if this is the only way to balance the budget and you people believe that .. do us all a favor and DO NOT vote in the next election we have enough idiots running the state and country as it is
  • by nell Location: forest on Feb 5, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    Lets not get all mean and disrespectful to our governor.Haley Barbour is an excellent governor.He has to do what he has to do to see that this economy can still stand.True, its not good the inmates could be released however there are still some inmates that are non violent and deserve an second chance to prove themselves to this society. The negative remarks about Barbour shouldn't be said bc he's only human as you and i. I'm pretty sure they want go crazy and let violent offenders back out here n this recession. Sollie says labor cut,no there will always b prisoners as long as he lives. Be fair to Barbour bc he deserves it.
  • by WHAT!??!?? Location: Mississippi on Feb 5, 2010 at 06:15 AM
    Has he LOST his BLANK mind? I bet he is going back to Washington when his term is over so he won't have to worry about them.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 at 05:26 AM
    While I don't like this anymore than anyone else, let's see the hands of all those who want to pay more to keep these folks in jail. Please note that, not a comforting thought but fact, these will be non-violent offenders. Everyone wants to get on the governor, but what is your answer to the problem. By Law, he must balance the budget and there are laws about how he can do that. Example:All agencies must be cut 5% before anyone can be cut more than that. Again,I ask you to tell all of us how to make this happen. By the way, when the Governor made the first cuts, he cut the expenses of his home and office by what I think was about 3 times what he cut other state agencies. You can look up the numbers.
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