Jackson County prepares for criminal law changes

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Updated: 6/10/2014 8:46 pm
A series of criminal law changes go into effect on July 1, and Jackson County Law Enforcement is ready for the changes.

The County District Attorney’s Office held a seminar in the old courtroom for all levels of law enforcement.
On June 10, the old Jackson County Courtroom filled with men in blue, as police gathered for a seminar on criminal law changes that go into effect in July.

Derrick Welton of the Gautier Police Department says, “We’re having a legal update with the District Attorney passing on new information that was passed through the Senate.”

Officers from the FBI, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, and city police listened intently as the District Attorney’s office explained the 200 page bill.

District Attorney for Jackson County, Tony Lawrence, says, “We want to make it as simple as possible because they will be the ones on the front lines fighting the people violating the law and making sure victims are protected.”

Every agency sent detectives and patrol officers to learn about the laws that have changed in Mississippi.

Lawrence says of the changes, “It changed everything from crime of violence, drug cases, property crimes, and eligibility for parole.”

The officers appreciated the opportunity to learn about the new policies they will be enforcing.

Welton says, “It’s important to learn new details about what is coming out and it’s also good face time with our district attorney to ask questions for clarification.”

The District Attorney’s Office will hold a repeat session on the afternoon of June 11.
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