Jimmy Smith Will Serve The Rest of His Sentence on House Arrest

Jimmy-Smith TD
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by Cole Pepper

After just three months in prison, former Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith will spend the remainder of his sentence on house arrest.

Smith was scheduled to serve six years on cocaine possession and possession of a weapon by a felon, but under a Mississippi program known as the Intensive Supervision Program, Smith will be confined to house arrest because he has been determined to be a “marginal risk offender.” This means that the court has determined that he is a low risk and nonviolent.

You can see the details of the program here.

After not tweeting since December, Smith returned to social media on July 1.

Jimmy Smith's mug shot taken upon his arrest that led to his imprisonment.
Jimmy Smith’s mug shot taken upon his arrest that led to his imprisonment.

I spoke with a prominent defense attorney Monday who said that many states have this kind of program, including Florida. The intent of programs like these is to lessen overcrowding in prisons and reduce the cost to the state for housing non-violent offenders.

Smith will have to wear an ankle bracelet, but he can go to work, school and medical treatment if cleared by the court.

Smith will also be supervised by a corrections officer, although not.

In his playing career, Smith was suspended for four games a second violation of the league substance abuse program. He is the Jaguars all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards and was selected to five AFC Pro Bowl teams.

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