Unintended consequences of prison reform
In the previous parts of this series, we've covered a very broad overview of House Bill 585, discussing (admittedly out of context) select issues in order to highlight some of the facets of the legislation that have not heretofore received a lot of media attention. As noted elsewhere, the primary impetus behind it was lowering our prison population to save money for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The act amends more than 50 sections of the Mississippi Code, by which we are all governed, and creates a couple of new sections. It is huge, both in size and in scope.