Inmate transferred for writing letter to newspaper

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) – A Department of Corrections memo shows an inmate was transferred to a separate unit inside the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman for writing a newspaper letter that criticized Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports ( ) it published a letter Sept. 27 from Tim Turner, serving a 20-year sentence for a 2012 drug conviction.

Turner’s letter said Fisher excessively uses lockdowns and revokes inmates’ privileges to try to curb violence and contraband.

The newspaper obtained a memo showing Turner was transferred inside the prison Sept. 30. The memo, signed by Parchman Superintendent Earnest Lee, cited Turner for writing the letter and said he violated a rule banning “unauthorized communication with any member of the public, staff or between inmates.” The memo said Turner waived his right to a hearing.

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