Title: Parole Eligibility for Non-Violent Offenders
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill allowing offenders convicted of nonviolent crimes after June 30, 1995 to be eligible for parole.
- Allows offenders convicted of nonviolent crimes to be eligible for parole after serving 25% of their sentence if they displayed good behavior and followed the rules of the Department of Corrections [Sec. 1 (1)].
-Exempts the possession and distribution of marijuana and the distribution and sale of prescription drugs from violent crimes
[Sec. 1 (1)(g)].
- Designates carjacking child exploitation, and repeated auto theft or burglary as violent crimes [Sec. 1 (1)(g)].
- Provides that an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces shall be taken into account when determining parole eligibility [Sec. 1 (3)].
- Repeals section 47-7-6 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 barring appointment to the State Parole Board if an individual, or a member of his/her immediate family, contributed more than $500 to the election campaign of the Governor (Sec. 2).
-Takes effect upon passage (Sec. 3).
-Substitute offered by House Corrections Committee on 02/25/2008.
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.