Corrections

2021 Regular Session

Corrections

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 188
Neutral
Required uniform designations for offenders; exempt offenders in Mississippi Statewide Incarcerated Veterans Program. Dead
Analysis:
HB 196
Good Policy
'Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act'; create. Alive
Analysis: This bill protects life, both the life of the mother and of the baby. One of the core functions of government is to protect life. The status of the person is of no concern, whether they are an incarcerated inmate in our state prison or an unborn baby waiting to see the world for the first time. This bill focuses on one of the most important reasons for the existing of government.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
SB 2103
Not Rated
Correctional system cost-per-day reviews; transfer responsibility from PEER to MDOC. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2104
Not Rated
Parole Board; bring forward sections relating to powers and duties of. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2109
Not Rated
State offenders; MDOC to reimburse counties for medical and legal fees of. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2131
Not Rated
Nonviolent habitual offender; revise sentencing. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2134
Not Rated
Restitution centers; transition to pre-release centers. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2136
Not Rated
Expunction; allow after 20 years' good behavior with certain exceptions. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2138
Not Rated
Office of Department of Corrections Ombudsman; establish. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2139
Not Rated
Corrections; create a Corrections Inspection Council to serve in advisory capacity to state officials. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2199
Not Rated
Department of Corrections; shall pay correctional facility employees for all accumulated comp time upon termination or death. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2228
Not Rated
Parole of prisoners; revise list of offenses that cause ineligibility of offenders convicted between 1995-2014. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2229
Not Rated
Medical prison release program; revise authority of MDOC and Mississippi Parole Board. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2230
Not Rated
Supervised prison release programs; revise terms and conditions. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2258
Not Rated
Earned-release supervision; Parole Board to approve before offender is released on. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2273
Not Rated
Department of Corrections; contract with the Multi-County Community Service Agency to provide workforce training. Dead
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SB 2276
Not Rated
Meritorious earned-time credits; revise application of in relation to parole eligibility date. Dead
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SB 2280
Not Rated
Mississippi correctional system; establish Department of Reentry and Supervision and Office of Corrections Ombudsman. Dead
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SB 2350
Not Rated
Child support; duty to pay suspended upon incarceration for a felony. Dead
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SB 2362
Not Rated
Juvenile offenders; provide alternative sentencing and early-release options when convicted of certain crimes. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2367
Not Rated
Parole; early release for nonviolent offenders with less than 3 years to serve for participation in drug court. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2377
Not Rated
Parole; revise length of sentence to be served before offenders may request judicial recommendation of. Dead
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SB 2380
Not Rated
MDOC supervised release; prohibit incarceration for minor violations of and reduce maximum term for certain forms of. Dead
Analysis:
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
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SB 2597
Not Rated
Correctional facilities; revise penalty for bringing a controlled substance onto the property of. 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.
SB 2876
Not Rated
'Mississippi Correctional Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2021'; enact. Dead
Analysis:
SN 85
Not Rated
Betty Lou Stuart Jones, Meridian, Mississippi, State Parole Board, term effective immediately to serve at the will and pleasure of the Governor. Alive
Analysis:
SN 86
Not Rated
Nehemiah Flowers, Jr., Brandon, Mississippi, State Parole Board, term effective immediately to serve at the will and pleasure of the Governor. Alive
Analysis:
SN 87
Not Rated
Steven Wayne (Steve) Pickett, Raymond, Mississippi, State Parole Board to serve as Chairman, term effective immediately to serve at the will and pleasure of the Governor. Alive
Analysis:
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed