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Noura Jackson punished for drug abuse behind bars

Noura Jackson during her 2009 trial. Noura Jackson during her 2009 trial.

(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South woman convicted of killing her mother is in more trouble after failing a drug test while behind bars.

The house at Mendenhall and New Haven has changed a lot since the summer of 2005, when 39-year-old Jennifer Jackson's violent murder.

Many neighbors, like Beverly Landrigan, suspected Jackson's then 18-year-old daughter, Noura, was behind the crime

"She was very nonchalant about the whole thing," Landrigan said Thursday.

Landrigan recalled talk of Noura Jackson's drug use.

"Everybody noticed it," she said. "Everybody."

Drugs came up in Jackson's murder trial, and now, two years after her conviction, she's accused of using drugs behind bars at the Mark Luttrell Correctional Center in East Memphis.

"Staff at the institution had reasonable suspicion she may have been under the influence, so a drug test was ordered and the results were positive for Morphine," spokesperson Dorinda Carter said.

How Jackson got the Morphine is a mystery, but her punishment included 10 days in solitary confinement and a $4 fine.

Jackson makes just 25 cents an hour working in the prison laundry.

"This is the third time she's been disciplined since August 2010," Carter said.

Illegal drug use is a huge problem behind bars, and perhaps something that still has a hold on Noura Jackson.

"Even if she's guilty, I still feel bad for her," Landrigan said.

Jackson's sentence expires in the year 2024. Officials say the Morphine she's accused of using and other drugs are smuggled into prisons via visitors, staff members, and even launched over fences.

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