Sid Salter: Mississippi needs more prison reform

Bryant recently vetoed House Bill 1033 — which provided that an offender’s failure to pay fines or fees because of indigence could not be grounds for incarceration — over a typo that authors of the bill dismissed as relatively insignificant but that Bryant argued gave habitual offenders unintended benefits. Surely, lawmakers will fast-track a correction to that otherwise very progressive and fiscally wise legislation.

Other nearby states — including Georgia and Louisiana — are looking at ways to reduce the amount of time offenders spend on probation or parole after they have served their prison sentences as a means of reducing the cost of corrections. Mississippi currently has just 33,000 offenders on parole or probation.

Sounds like a good idea to me.

Clarion Ledger
4/30/17