On top of these extreme sentences, people can have extra years, decades, or even life imprisonment added to their sentences if they have previous convictions. When Paul was convicted of a minor drug offense, prosecutors used two old offenses, driven by his decades-long struggle with addiction, to sentence him to 60 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
As a result of these harmful laws, Mississippi currently has the third highest imprisonment rate in the country, and there are thousands of people — like Paul — serving extreme sentences due to the state’s habitual laws.
Habitual penalties have landed Mississippi in an incarceration crisis. And #WeAllPay. Please share the Houser’s story and learn more at www.FWD.us/WeAllPay.
Paul Houser’s son, Dusty (Left), and grandson Kyler (right).