2002 Regular Session
By: Representative Fleming
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 47-5-431, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT A SHERIFF MAY TRANSPORT A COUNTY INMATE WHO POSSESSES A PARTICULAR SKILL TO ANY COUNTY WITHIN THE STATE TO MAKE USE OF THE PARTICULAR SKILL PURSUANT TO A COURT ORDER; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 47-5-431, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
47-5-431. (1) The sheriff may, in his discretion, use any person who has been convicted of a nonviolent felony and who is serving all or any part of his sentence in the county jail to pick up trash along public roads and state highways within the county.
(2) In addition, the sheriff may transport a county inmate possessing a particular work-related skill to any other county within the state to perform such skill on public property if approval for the transportation and use of the inmate is first obtained by a judge of the circuit or county court of the county where the inmate is confined and the sheriffs of both counties enter into an agreement regarding the transportation, supervision and safekeeping of the inmate.
(3) County inmates performing work under this section shall be eligible for earned time credit in the same manner as state inmates. State inmates shall be eligible for earned time credit in the same manner as other inmates confined or detained in state prisons or other state correctional facilities.
(4) Any inmate escaping while participating in the work described herein shall receive an additional five-year sentence.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2002.