MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

1998 Regular Session

To: Judiciary B

By: Representative Moak

House Bill 59

(As Sent to Governor)

AN ACT TO PROHIBIT JAILERS AND OTHER OFFICIALS FROM ENGAGING IN SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH PRISONERS; TO PRESCRIBE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES. 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

SECTION 1. It shall be unlawful for any jailer, guard, employee of the Department of Corrections, sheriff, constable, marshal or other officer to engage in any sexual penetration as defined in Section 97-3-97, Mississippi Code of 1972, with any offender, with or without the offender's consent, who is incarcerated at any jail or any state, county or private correctional facility. Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction shall be fined not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) or imprisoned for a term not to exceed five (5) years, or both.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.