Jeff Smith — the former Missouri state senator sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for lying to the FBI — returned to my show today to tell more stories from his time behind bars and his book, “Mr. Smith Goes To Prison.” Among the topics we covered:

  • Was his cellmate really like Morgan Freeman’s character in “The Shawshank Redemption”?
  • Why do so many prisoners return to jail so often?
  • Do correctional facilities and staffs really care about “correcting” convicts?
  • Was there any effort made to educate or train inmates for their post-prison life?
  • Why does he say many convicts are smarter about business than Wharton grads?
  • What is “Ban The Box”?
  • Was his minimum-security facility what most people call a Country Club Prison?
  • What’s worse in the slammer — being a snitch or being a child molester?
  • How are race relations inside?
  • What reforms would he make in the American incarceration system?

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Previously on Harris Online…