SB 2275 extends the repealer on Mississippi’s current work release pilot program in Rankin County for two years. The two-year extension would allow more time to determine the success of the program and the feasibility to replicate it throughout the state. A shorter repealer or no repealer at all could result in duplication of a program that causes more harm than good. ACLU of Mississippi will watch this bill closely as it makes its way through the House.

  • Should be amended to require the publication of program rules and regulations no later than April 30, 2022
  • Should include the following additional reporting requirements:
    • Participating employers and copies of agreements
    • Participating financial institutions
    • How the 10 percent administrative fee is used
    • Overall cost of program operation
    • Number of individuals who retained employment at the end of program participation
  • The program should not be extended to any other counties until this program has data to show success and areas that need improvement.

Status

Returned for concurrence

Session

2022

Bill number

Position

Needs amendments