Lawmakers also fell short of passing legislation to require transparency through a uniform reporting standard for jail census data by county sheriff’s departments. ACLU Mississippi drafted a clean bill based on a Study Committee report ordered by the legislature last year. Although the bill faced push back from several sheriffs, we were able to work with the Mississippi Sheriffs’ Association to reach a compromise that would not overly burden sheriffs’ departments, and still provide advocates, courts, and family member of incarcerated persons with the data needed to effectively advocate for bail reform and further accomplish the goals set out in the committee report. Despite these efforts and the fact that the Study Committee members unanimously agreed that this level of transparency and uniformity is needed, SB 2573 died in conference at the hands of one conferee determined to see the bill die.
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