Article X, Mississippi Constitution
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| Text of Section 223:
- Former Section 223 provided that no lease or hiring of penitentiary convicts after December 31, 1984, be undertaken unless in compliance with Section 224 and that prior lease arrangements not extend beyond that date.
- The repeal of Section 223 was proposed by Laws 1990, ch. 599, House Concurrent Resolution No. 99, Part II, and upon ratification by the electorate on November 6, 1990, was deleted by proclamation of the Secretary of State on December 19, 1990.
| Text of Section 224:
Employment of Convicts on Public Roads, Public works or Public Levee Projects
The legislature may authorize the employment under state supervision and the proper officers and employees of the state, of convicts on public roads or other public works, or by any levee board on any public levees, under such provisions and restrictions as it may from time to time see proper to impose; but said convicts shall not be let or hired to any contractors under said board, nor shall the working of the convicts on public roads, or public works, or by any levee board ever interfere with the preparation for or the cultivation of any crop which it may be intended shall be cultivated by the said convicts, nor interfere with the good management of the state farm, nor put the state to any expense.
| Text of Section 225:
Placement of Convicts on State Farms; Prison Industries; Reformatory Schools; Good Behavior
The Legislature may place the convicts on a state farm or farms and have them worked thereon or elsewhere. It may also provide for the creation of a nonprofit corporation for the purpose of managing and operating a state prison industries program which may make use of state prisoners in its operation. It may establish a reformatory school or schools, and provide for keeping of juvenile offenders from association with hardened criminals. It may provide for the commutation of the sentence of convicts for good behavior, and for the constant separation of the sexes, and for religious worship for the convicts.
- The 1990 amendment to Section 225 was proposed by Laws 1990, ch. 599, House Concurrent Resolution No. 99, Part I, and upon ratification of the electorate on November 6, 1990, was inserted by proclamation of the Secretary of State on December 19, 1990.
| Text of Section 226:
Hire or Lease of County Jail Inmates
Convicts sentenced to the county jail shall not be hired or leased to any person or corporation outside of the county of their conviction after the first day of January, A.D. 1893, nor for a term that shall extend beyond that date.
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