Mississippi HB 585: Recommendations of the Corrections and Criminal Justice Task Force

Why does Mississippi need HB585? Mississippi’s prison population has grown by 17 percent in the last decade, topping 22,600 inmates last year. The state now has the second-highest imprisonment rate in the country, trailing only Louisiana. Without action, these trends will continue and Mississippi prisons will need to house 1,990 more inmates by 2024 – costing taxpayers an additional $266 million.

What will HB 585 do for Mississippi’s criminal justice system? HB 585 will enact “true minimums” to guarantee that nonviolent and violent offenders are never released prior to serving 25 and 50 percent of their sentences, respectively.

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ROC signatory Pat Nolan on prison reform

From Rare: “Only a nation that’s rich and stupid would continue to pour billions into a system that leaves prisoners unreformed, victims ignored and communities still living in fear of crime.”

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ROC signatories applauded for being leaders of criminal justice reform movement

It’s no secret that conservatives are paving the way for our country to implement effective criminal justice policies, and this article from The Fix commends ROC signatories such as Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist and Craig DeRoche for helping the nation to get right on crime.

ROC signatory Jerry Madden led the way in developing TX justice reinvestment strategy

Right on Crime signatory Jerry Madden is credited by the Houston Chronicle as being a pioneer for early Texas criminal justice reforms.

Conservative prison reform makes sense

In this Houston Chronicle article, ROC policy analyst Derek Cohen explains why it makes sense for conservatives to support smart criminal justice reform.

CNN: “On prison reform, Democrats and Republicans bond”

In Texas, a conservative group called Right on Crime has led the way on prison and sentencing reform — earning plaudits from, among others, California progressives.

Why this rash of consensus?

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Marc Levin on “To the Point” with Warren Olney

“What we’ve found is that sending people to prison who have a drug addiction, for example, they often only stay for a year or two… and of course when they get out, any positive ties they had to church or their family, those have been severed and…they come out worse than when they came in.”

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“New Climate For Drug Sentencing, Guidelines Expected To Change”

ROC senior policy analyst Vikrant Reddy: “The federal U.S. prison population has grown by 700 percent since 1980, and now exceeds 215,000. Many activists, policymakers, judges, victims’ groups, and informed citizens not only welcome the ‘All Drugs Minus Two’ amendment, they feel it is long overdue.”

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Marc Levin, Right on Crime, featured in Texas Monthly

Courtesy of Texas Monthly

Texas Monthly’s Nate Blakeslee highlights Marc Levin and Right on Crime in his article “Why Fewer Prisons Are Good for Texas’s Economy.”

“Levin’s chief message, that incarcerating too many people for too long for nonviolent crimes isn’t a good use of taxpayer funds, has resonated with conservative voters and legislators. He advocates more effective and less costly measures, such as drug courts, which divert low-level drug offenders to treatment programs instead of prison, and more effective use of probation.”

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Right on Crime in BuzzFeed

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ROC policy analyst Vikrant Reddy is featured in this BuzzFeed article as he discusses the bipartisan movement to reform the nation’s criminal justice system.