State Sen. Brice Wiggins: Mississippi’s ‘laboratory of democracy’ deserves notice

Over the next 10 years, it is projected that this reform package will save the state taxpayers an estimated $266 million. In addition, it will avert any potential increase in the prison population of Mississippi.

In fact, since 2013, Mississippi’s prison population has declined for two years in a row, a total of 11 percent…

…The bottom line is that this pioneering criminal justice system has proven to work in Mississippi, Texas and other conservative red states.

As conservatives, we pride ourselves on valuing the states as “laboratories of democracy.” Take a bottom-up approach to governing and borrow from proven programs in the states.