Protesters rally for prison reform in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – People were out protesting in downtown Jackson early Tuesday.

One woman says they’re demanding equal justice, better public safety and prison reform.

“There are no real programs in place to help these offenders. So no we don’t need more prisons. We need better programs to help identify and address the problems going on in Mississippi,” one unidentified protestor said.

Mississippi Advocates for Prisoners held the protest.

They say they’ve already presented lawmakers with four proposals on how to better the Magnolia State.

Specifically, the focus is on helping prisoners rehabilitate back into society.

They say Mississippi needs better programs, not more prisons, to do that.

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