skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Biden administration moves to protect Alaska wilderness; opening statements and first witness in NY trial; SCOTUS hears Starbucks case, with implications for unions on the line; rural North Carolina town gets pathway to home ownership.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The Supreme Court weighs cities ability to manage a growing homelessness crisis, anti-Israeli protests spread to college campuses nationwide, and more states consider legislation to ban firearms at voting sites and ballot drop boxes.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Wyoming needs more educators who can teach kids trade skills, a proposal to open 40-thousand acres of an Ohio forest to fracking has environmental advocates alarmed and rural communities lure bicyclists with state-of-the-art bike trail systems.

Report: MS prison policies only deepen inequality

play audio
Play

Wednesday, January 24, 2024   

Being in prison has consequences stretching far beyond paying back a person's debt to society and a new report found it is even more true in Mississippi.

The Sentencing Project examined the ways mass incarceration policies hold people back from getting their lives on track, both before and after their time behind bars. It showed in Mississippi when someone is incarcerated, their ability to earn and save money, as well as help their family and pay restitution and fees, is significantly limited.

Nazgol Ghandnoosh, co-director of research for The Sentencing Project and co-author of the report, said the people who produce goods and services while they are in prison do not get a paycheck.

"In terms of pushing people to the margins of our society and deepening poverty, Mississippi is one of only seven states that do not compensate incarcerated people at all for the vast majority of jobs that they do behind bars," Ghandnoosh explained.

The report noted research has shown post-incarceration employment, access to food stamps, and voting rights all are associated with lower recidivism rates. The Magnolia State has one of the world's highest incarceration rates, at more than 1,000 per 100,000 population.

Ghandnoosh noted Mississippi is among a handful of states where more than 15% of the Black, voting-age population is unable to cast a ballot because of contact with the criminal legal system.

"We as an organization recommend never allowing criminal legal contact and a criminal record to affect people's rights of citizenship," Ghandnoosh stressed. "In particular, to affect their rights as a voter."

She added Mississippi is one of only three states where more than 8% of the total adult population is unable to vote due to a criminal record. Under current state law, during periods of incarceration, probation or parole, people are ineligible to vote. Their rights can only be restored through action by the governor, or passage of a bill in the Legislature.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
The number of Americans with health coverage under the American Care Act has doubled since its 2014 launch, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (NLawrenson/peopleimages.com/AdobeStock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

New Mexico saw record enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act this year and is now setting its sights on lowering out-of-pocket costs - those n…


Social Issues

play sound

The future of Senate Bill 4 is still tangled in court challenges. It's the Texas law that would allow police to arrest people for illegally crossing …

Social Issues

play sound

Residents in a rural North Carolina town grappling with economic challenges are getting a pathway to homeownership. In Enfield, the average annual …


Social Issues

play sound

A new poll finds a near 20-year low in the number of voters who say they have a high interest in the 2024 election, with a majority saying they hold …

The National Labor Relations Board has been busy with the uptick in union organizing in recent years. (Timon/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court could have implications for the country's growing labor movement. Justices will hear oral arguments in Starbucks …

Health and Wellness

play sound

New York's medical aid-in-dying bill is gaining further support. The Medical Society of the State of New York is supporting the bill. New York's bill …

Social Issues

play sound

The U.S. House has approved a measure to expand the Child Tax Credit. It would help 16 million children from low-income families in Indiana and …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021