Corrections

2021 Regular Session

Corrections

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 63
Not Rated
Regional correctional facilities; prohibit from operating as a private correctional facility. Dead
Analysis:
HB 229
Not Rated
Appropriation; MDOC to pay regional facilities $34.00 per day for each state inmate. Dead
Analysis:
HB 242
Not Rated
Joint state-county work program; require DOC to utilize under certain circumstances. Dead
Analysis:
HB 243
Not Rated
Regional correctional facilities; increase daily amount paid to certain facilities for the housing of state offenders. Dead
Analysis:
HB 396
Not Rated
Conjugal visits; require Department of Corrections to provide for married inmates. Dead
Analysis:
HB 398
Not Rated
Case plans for inmates who committed violent offenses; require certain programs be placed within. Dead
Analysis:
HB 399
Not Rated
Case plans for nonviolent inmates; require certain programs be placed within. Dead
Analysis:
HB 401
Not Rated
Mandatory minimum sentences for crimes committed by offenders; revise which offenders are eligible for. Dead
Analysis:
HB 408
Not Rated
Mississippi Prison Industries; require to pay inmates federal minimum wage for inmate labor. Dead
Analysis:
HB 409
Not Rated
Department of Corrections; require implementation of an Extended Family Visitation Program for eligible offenders. Dead
Analysis:
HB 420
Not Rated
Conditions of probation; clarify that courts may provide certain treatment for veterans when placed on probation. Dead
Analysis:
HB 445
Not Rated
Private correctional facilities contractor; must have ability to use local vendors when providing services to offenders. Dead
Analysis:
HB 448
Not Rated
Case plans for inmates who committed capital offenses; require certain programs be placed within. Dead
Analysis:
HB 464
Neutral
Parole board; revise notification time frame given to offender's victim for offender release and remove certain prohibition. Dead
Analysis: This bill clarifies the language with regards to specific notification requirements regarding an offender's release. In addition, this bill could potentially lead to increased government spending as it specifically and absolutely removes the prohibition on additional salary and per diem for members of the State Parole Board. (See lines 205-207)
HB 465
Not Rated
Compassionate Parole Eligibility Act of 2021; create. Dead
Analysis:
HB 466
Neutral
Inmate Welfare Fund; require DOC to expend unused portions of the fund on reentry purposes. Dead
Analysis: Ideally, government should reduce its spending to eliminate “unused portions” of taxpayers' money sitting in a government account instead of in the hands of the taxpayers who earned the money. However, this bill ensures taxpayers’ money is spent in a manner consistent with the reason for its collection.
HB 468
Not Rated
Bail procedures; revise. Dead
Analysis:
HB 521
Not Rated
DOC discharge plans; require explanation of disenfranchising crimes and opportunity for certain offenders to register to vote. Dead
Analysis:
HB 523
Not Rated
State Correctional Facilities Monitoring Unit; establish. Dead
Analysis:
HB 525
Bad Policy
Corrections omnibus bill; enact. Dead
Analysis: This bill changes an immense amount of code section. Numerous, detailed changes in code sections more often than not result in unintended consequences, some of which can be crippling to the efficiency of government agencies and departments. Omnibus bills in general are bad policy. Representatives and Senators are faced with either voting for bad things in these huge bills to get the few good things in them or voting against the few good things because of all the bad things. Just as our founding documents were written, our state laws should also be written and constructed in a manner in which the average individual with a basic knowledge of civics and who is moderately engaged in the goings-on their state government can read, interpret, and gain a healthy understanding with the need for input from a lawyer, scholar, or government official.
HB 537
Not Rated
Cell phones and certain other contraband; provide enhanced penalities for offenders and correctional employees. Dead
Analysis:
HB 557
Good Policy
Nonadjudication; authorize completion of workforce training or similar training as an option for. Dead
Analysis: This bill provides an additional positive means to address non-violent offenders that will result in an overall net benefit to society. This bill utilizes existing funds and existing government programs and organizations through a collaborative effort to reduce the number of incarcerated individuals and provide an alternative pathway to rehabilitation.
HB 620
Not Rated
'Mississippi Correctional Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2021'; create. Dead
Analysis:
HB 649
Not Rated
Department of Corrections; authorize to administer the 'Halfway House Grant Program.' Dead
Analysis:
HB 650
Not Rated
DOC's evaluation of requests for proposals for canteen services; require interested third parties to have reasonable prices for services. Dead
Analysis:
HB 653
Not Rated
Violent offenders, certain; may be paroled by Parole Board if sentencing judge authorizes parole consideration. Dead
Analysis:
HB 675
Not Rated
Parole Board; revise notifications time frame given to victim when the offender is to be released by. Dead
Analysis:
HB 676
Not Rated
Department of Corrections; revise notification period given to local law enforcement when offender is to be released. Dead
Analysis:
HB 747
Good Policy
Work release program; authorize courts and sheriffs to assign certain convicted offenders to while confined in jail. Alive
Analysis: This bill creates a mechanism for nonviolent offenders to actively begin paying fines and child support with the wages earned through the work release program. This bill promotes pre-emptive positive reintegration measures for incarcerated individuals. These measures will ease the transition from incarceration back into our communities.
HB 796
Good Policy
Habitual offender; revise penalties for. Dead
Analysis: This bill encourages the positive reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals as contributing members in our communities. Government should reduce excessive punishments on individuals in keeping with the Eighth Amendment to our Constitution.
HB 882
Not Rated
Private prisons that house state offenders; provide moratorium on the expansion of. Dead
Analysis:
HB 892
Not Rated
Task force to address the disparity of African-American males in the judicial system; create. Dead
Analysis:
HB 928
Neutral
Commissioner of Corrections and community corrections; bring forward various sections relating to. Alive
Analysis: This bill in its current form does not change existing law. However, this bill brings forward code section allowing for amendments to be made at a later time. This process reduces government transparency, provides an avenue for bad legislation to go unchecked until the very end of the legislative process, and reduces citizens' representation in decision-making through their elected representatives as active participation in this process is often limited to a select few members of the Legislature appointed to serve on conference committees. This action requires greater scrutiny of this bill and may result in its policy rating being changed as this bill moves through the legislative process.
HB 929
Neutral
Reentry for offenders; bring forward certain sections relating to. Dead
Analysis: This bill in its current form does not change existing law. However, this bill brings forward code section allowing for amendments to be made at a later time. This process reduces government transparency, provides an avenue for bad legislation to go unchecked until the very end of the legislative process, and reduces citizens' representation in decision-making through their elected representatives as active participation in this process is often limited to a select few members of the Legislature appointed to serve on conference committees. This action requires greater scrutiny of this bill and may result in its policy rating being changed as this bill moves through the legislative process.
HB 933
Good Policy
Child support payment; suspend obligation to pay when the person to pay is incarcerated. Dead
Analysis: This bill encourages parents to fulfill their obligations to their children by preventing undue, and often insurmountable, burdens on incarcerated, non-custodial parents. This policy institutes common sense measures to freeze child support obligations while incarcerated which is in keeping with civil judgments that would be granted in times in extenuating circumstances. Upon release, formerly incarcerated non-custodial parents will begin fulfilling their obligations rather than face immediate return to jail for non-payment of child support, which further delays children and custodial parents from receiving court-ordered support. This bill disrupts the government-created recidivism of formerly incarcerated non-custodial parents caught in a bureaucratic roundabout.
HB 935
Not Rated
Parole eligibility; revise for certain offenses and require Parole Board hearing before release of certain inmates. Dead
Analysis:
HB 961
Not Rated
Department of Corrections; provide certain educational programs for adult offenders. Dead
Analysis:
HB 964
Not Rated
Nonviolent offenders; authorize reduction of sentences for passage of end-of-course subject area tests by offenders. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1051
Not Rated
Mississippi Prison Education Reform Act of 2021; create. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1088
Not Rated
Department of Corrections; increase per diem rate paid to regionals for housing of state offenders. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1106
Not Rated
Mandatory 85% sentencing rule; repeal. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1107
Not Rated
Commutation of sentences; require for certain nonviolent offenders. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1108
Not Rated
Habitual offender law; authorize parole eligibility if offender served 10 years of a sentence of 40 years or more. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1110
Not Rated
DOC; convert restitution centers to post-release reentry centers. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1111
Not Rated
Use of restitution centers by DOC; repeal and convert centers into post-release reentry centers. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1112
Not Rated
Corrections Inspection Council; establish. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1174
Neutral
Department of Corrections; authorize to provide for hospice care services to inmates with a terminal illness. Dead
Analysis: This bill removes unnecessary restrictions to the proper functioning of the Department of Corrections as it relates to providing care for terminally ill inmates. Government should, when possible, remove unnecessary restrictions on its own ability to effectively and efficiently operate in its proper role.
HB 1216
Not Rated
Correctional system cost-per-day reviews; transfer responsibility from PEER to MDOC. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1225
Not Rated
Nonviolent offenders; require certain segregated housing, repeal 85% rule, expand authority of judge to make eligible for parole. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2279
Neutral
Parole and earned release; criminalize absconding. Dead
Analysis: This bill applies consistent consequences of existing statute equally to all individuals convicted of crime(s) who are currently serving sentences under the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
SB 2553
Neutral
State offenders in county jail; MDOC to pay increased rate to county to expedite removal of. Dead
Analysis: This bill brings forward code sections relating to state offenders in county jails. This action requires greater scrutiny of this bill as it moves through the legislative process. Code sections “brought forward" are opened up for amending. Significant deviations from this bill's initial intent due to language changes made at any time during the legislative process may result in its policy rating being changed if such deviations violate the principles of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.
SB 2574
Not Rated
Reentry courts; create pilot reentry court, and establish rehab and workforce development program at MDOC. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2795
Good Policy
'Mississippi Earned Parole Eligibility Act'; enact. Alive
Analysis: This bill expands eligibility for parole and specifically addresses the issue of individuals convicted of crime at or before 25 years of age. While government should work to eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing, this bill moves policy, if only slightly, towards equitable consequences for violations of crimes that endanger public safety and harm individuals and individual freedom.
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed