Column: Bryant preserved public safety with veto

On April 18, Gov. Phil Bryant preserved public safety when he vetoed House Bill 1033.

The legislation may have been well-intended, but language inserted toward the very end of its trip through the Capitol turned its pragmatic effect into one that would have endangered communities. One of the more problematic provisions in the final version of the bill would have allowed career criminals to be eligible for parole after serving only 25 percent of their sentence. We understand the legislative process is long and often complicated and we do not believe this was the intention of the legislation at its inception. The chairmen who crafted the legislation and handled it during conference have already said that was not what they intended to accomplish….

…Signed by:
Attorney General Jim Hood
District Attorneys:
John Weddle
Joel Smith
Ben Creekmore
Dewayne Richardson
Doug Evans
Ronnie Harper
Robert Shuler Smith
Mark Duncan
Ricky Smith, Jr.
Bilbo Mitchell
Brenda Mitchell
Patricia Burchell
Matt Sullivan
Dee Bates
Hal Kittrell
Scott Colom
John Champion
Anthony Buckley
Tony Lawrence
Michael Guest
Akillie Malone Oliver
K.C. Hamp, president of the Mississippi Sheriffs Association
Troy Peterson, vice president of the Mississippi Sheriffs Association
Ken Winter, executive director of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police
Joey East, president of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police

Clarion Ledger
5/9/17