Officials discuss issues within MDOC

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner met with lawmakers and members of law enforcement to address concerns within in the criminal justice system.

One of the main issues talked about was lowering recidivism rate, which would mean seeing a fewer number of repeat offenders behind bars.

Commissioner Marshall Fisher says there is a national effort to reduce the number of prisoners, which would require reforming sentencing.

“We believe in corrections there are a lot of things that we can to reduce the recidivism rate,” he said. “We’ve got people coming back out into the community and even if they want to do well if they hit the street desiring to do well they’ve got some hurdles to overcome.”

Other issues that were discussed included contraband inside prison walls and mental health.

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