Lawyer: Prison commissaries charge too much for many items

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – An Oxford attorney says he’s all for punishing the guilty, but it’s inmates families who get punished when prison commissaries charge up to four times the retail price for snacks, shampoo and other items.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that prison commissary prices for many items are four times or more the prices at Jackson-area discount stores.

It says a 12-ounce box of one cereal cost $4.80 in prison, compared to $1.67 for 20 ounces at a discount store.

Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher says there’s a cost to packaging and delivering items. He also says the vast majority of commissary prices have dropped substantially. Fisher says eyeglasses now cost 44 cents, down from $10.59, and a package of ramen noodles dropped from 59 cents to 50 cents.

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