The Mississippi Corrections and Criminal Justice Task Force was created in 2013 to study the state’s sentencing and corrections systems and develop policies that improve public safety, ensure clarity in sentencing and control corrections costs. In December 2013, the task force submitted recommendations to the Legislature that would reform sentencing laws, expand judicial discretion, strengthen community supervision and establish performance measures. These recommendations were adopted by the legislature in 2014 and are projected to avert more than $250 million in spending over the next 10 years. The law expanded eligibly for incarceration alternatives, increased felony theft thresholds, modified drug penalties, clarified time-served requirements, and improved reentry and community supervision. An oversight task force, created by the law, will monitor implementation and outcomes.
HB 1231 (2013)
HB 585 (2014)
HB 107 (2016)
Summaries of legislation can be found in NCSL’s Sentencing and Corrections Enactment Database.
Return to NCSL’s Justice Reinvestment State Resources page or learn more about NCSL’s Criminal Justice program.