Group recommends cost-cutting measures for Mississippi criminal justice system

Mississippi can improve its criminal justice system, and potentially save millions of dollars, by setting clearer sentencing laws, giving judges more discretion to order alternatives to prison and taking steps to ensure former inmates don’t mess up, a study group says.
The nonpartisan group of 21 judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, elected officials and attorneys spent more than six months analyzing sentencing practices and the prison system.

The group met Tuesday and unanimously adopted a list of recommended changes for state laws. Any changes would have to be made by legislators, who begin their three-month session in January.

Gulf Live