Friday, March 21, 1997

What she wants is to get back in jail

Accolades for courage, achievement are nice, says Novella Smith Arnold. But what she wants is to get back in jail.

The Commercial Appeal, March 21, 1997
By Michael Kelley

The time for the funeral is fast approaching, so Novella Smith Arnold is jumping on and off elevators at the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center with increasing concern.

She checks one office after another for the attorney who agreed to handle a furlough for Brenda States, a 37-year-old jail inmate who wants to view the body of her 19-year-old son, who's been shot to death.