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Criminal Justice Reform in Mississippi

Despite recent efforts to reduce its prison population, Mississippi still has the third-highest imprisonment rate in the country.

Mississippi stands out for continuing to grow its jail and prison populations while other states are safely reducing theirs. In addition to the state's overuse of incarceration, an estimated 175,000 Mississippians have a current or old felony conviction, each with hundreds of hidden consequences such as excessive fines and fees, bans on employment, and the loss of voting rights.

Mississippi needs
criminal justice reform now.

Mississippi voters across the political spectrum support bold criminal justice reforms. In fact, four out of five registered voters believe it is important to reduce the number of people who are incarcerated, and only three percent want to spend additional tax dollars on jails and prisons.

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Criminal Justice Reform in Mississippi

  • Press Release
  • Criminal Justice

NEW POLL: Mississippians Strongly Support Ambitious Criminal Justice Reform

WASHINGTON, DC – New polling released today shows that Mississippi voters support ambitious reforms to the state’s criminal justice system. Four out of five registered voters, including large majorities across…

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  • Press Statement
  • Criminal Justice

FWD.us Statement on Ceremonial Signing of Key Mississippi Criminal Justice Reform Bill

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  • Criminal Justice

FWD.us Statement on Signing of Mississippi House Bill 387

  • Press Release
  • Criminal Justice

Editorial on need for continued efforts on criminal justice reform

Wanted to make sure you saw the editorial in the Daily Journal entitled “Recidivism deserves continued attention.” Over the past few weeks, Governor Phil Bryant took positive action to reform…

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  • Press Release
  • Criminal Justice

FWD.us to lead expanded line of work, hires criminal justice reform expert

  • Press Statement
  • Criminal Justice

FWD.us Statement on Mississippi House Bill 387

  • Press Statement
  • Criminal Justice

FWD.us Statement on the Passage of “The Criminal Justice Reform Act”

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  • Criminal Justice

FWD.us Statement on Senate Passage of “The Criminal Justice Reform Act”

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  • Criminal Justice

FWD.us Statement on “The Criminal Justice Reform Act”

  • Press Release
  • Criminal Justice

ICYMI: Clergy for Prison Reform Held Policy Summit for Criminal Justice Reform

  • Press Statement
  • Mississippi

FWD.us Statement on Mississippi Governor’s State-of-the-State Address

  • Press Release
  • Criminal Justice

Governor Bryant Opens Mississippi Summit on Criminal Justice Reform

  • Poll Memo
  • Mississippi

Poll Memo: Strong, Bipartisan Support for Ambitious Criminal Justice Reforms in Mississippi

  • Press Statement
  • Criminal Justice

FWD.us Statement on Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s Veto of SB 2841