MS House of Representatives Passes Bill to Reform Criminal Sentences

Contributor: Alyssa Meisner
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Updated: 2/20/2014 8:29 pm
The Mississippi House of Representatives passed a criminal reform bill 107 to 6 last week and it’s now moving to the Senate. The bill would reform public safety and criminal sentences. Mississippi has one of the highest and fastest-growing imprisonment rates, and that costs the taxpayers. Everybody imprisoned costs taxpayers more money, and while police want to keep our cities safe, there may be a way to focus efforts on prevention and locking up violent criminals. Sean Tindell, Mississippi Senator, says, “Hopefully take a smarter look at how we sentence those criminals and make sure the ones we're making serve long sentences are the people that we're afraid of, and the people that we're mad at, drug offenders and folks that have made mistakes in life, get them on the road to rehabilitation and back to being productive citizens.” If this bill isn't passed, 2,000 more inmates are expected to be added to the Mississippi prison system over the next ten years. The authors of the bill say reforms would make streets safer and save taxpayers money. Some low level offenders would be allowed to stay employed and connected to their families, hopefully helping the emotional and economic health of communities.

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