Mississippi Criminal Justice Reforms Move Ahead

Legislative reform that will bring sweeping changes to Mississippi’s criminal justice system survived a last-minute challenge Monday to win approval in both the House and Senate. The bill came out of a seven-month study by a task force studying prison crowding and related matters. The legislation would, among other things, ensure that violent criminals serve at least half of their sentences — nonviolent criminals would have to complete 25 percent of their terms — before becoming eligible for parole.