Senate Bill 2123, the Mississippi Correctional Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2020, grants parole eligibility for certain individuals who do not pose a danger to public safety.
If made law, this legislation would:
- Decrease the tax burden on hardworking Mississippians by safely reducing overcrowded prisons
- Protect public safety
- Provide incentives for incarcerated people to learn skills that will help them succeed when they leave prison
As we have seen other states make similar reforms, it is possible to enhance public safety while reducing the prison population. Texas, for instance, has averted billions of dollars in taxpayer costs and closed multiple prisons, and yet it now has its lowest crime rate since the 1960s!
We commend the legislature for sending the Mississippi Correctional Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2020 to the Governor’s desk. Now is the time to take action. Urge Gov. Reeves to support Senate Bill 2123!