Prison officials battle persistent problem of contraband

Jailers at the State Penitentiary in Parchman say they, and collegues at three other prisons, are getting tired of having to confiscate and throw away cell phones on a regular basis. Officials in the Corrections Department say searches of the facilities, half operated by the state while the others are run by private entities, have also produced makeshift weapons and illegal drugs. They remind visitors anyone found carrying any such contraband into prisons will be prosecuted. Those convicted on related charges could themselves spend up to 15 years behind bars.

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