Business & Finance: MOney-Making Prison

On the broad reaches of the Mississippi Delta in Sunflower County is a remarkable state penitentiary. Its name: Parchman Penal Farms. Its record: a net profit for 1942 of $550,000.

Source of this profit, perhaps the most money ever made in a year by any U.S.

prison, is the cultivation of 21,000 acres of rich alluvial land by 2,125 Negro and 425 white prisoners. Last year Parchman Farms fattened 3,000 head of swine, ran a big dairy herd, sold cotton, tomatoes, beans, Irish potatoes, sorghum and soy beans. This year, with farm...

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