Mississippi April 25-30
New China Virus Orders from Governor Reeves
Governor Tate Reeves issued new executive orders related to the China virus that removed remaining mask restrictions except for those in a school setting. The new orders also lifted all capacity limits on indoor arenas and outdoor venues. Additionally, business owners may now apply their own mask and social distancing mandates. Governor Reeves, and a panel of select Republican governors, joined Laura Ingraham last week to discuss their states successes recovering from the China virus.
Mississippi’s New Earned Parole Eligibility Act
The recently signed SB 2795 will go into effect July 1, 2021. Many believe the legislation is a big step to reforming Mississippi’s prison system and also providing hope to individuals that make positive changes. The new law provides targeted populations an opportunity to go before the parole board and plead their case for release.
The following is a breakdown of eligibility:
- Nonviolent crimes – after 25% or 10 years, whichever is less, of the sentence(s) imposed by the trial court. Subsection (6), later in this section, adds a 10-year minimum for sentences of 30 years or more.
- Violent crimes except armed crimes (robbery with a deadly weapon, drive-by shooting, and carjacking) – 50% or 20 years, whichever is less, of the sentence(s) imposed by the trial court. For armed crimes, 60% or 25 years, whichever is less.
- Nonviolent and habitual drug offenses – 25% or 10 years, whichever is less.
The following is a breakdown of individuals that will NOT be eligible for parole:
- Habitual offenders,
- Sex offenders,
- Capital offenders,
- Murder – 1st and 2nd degree,
- Human trafficking,
- Drug trafficking or aggravated trafficking, and other offenses specifically outlined that prohibited from parole
One other notable component of the bill is that it mandates drug and alcohol rehab for crimes related to drugs and alcohol before granting parole.
Mississippi Keeps Its Four Congressional Districts
Results from the 2020 Census appear to be slightly brighter for Republican states than Democrat ones. There is a great possibility that Republicans will gain at least four seats in the House. Mississippi’s population dipped to 2,961,279—down slightly from 2,967,297 in 2010. Mississippi is one of only three states that lost population in the latest Census along with Illinois & West Virginia. Unlike the other two states, fortunately, Mississippi will not lose a seat in Congress, but it will not gain one.
Although many believe Mississippi is the most conservative state, it is unfortunately brutally regulated. For example, the Mississippi Department of Health has over 20,000 restrictions. Having more red tape than its neighbors prevents Mississippi from growing and greatly contributes to the population decrease.