Barbour signs bill making some nonviolent offenders parole-eligible

Published 5:18 pm Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Gov. Haley Barbour has signed a bill that would make thousands of nonviolent offenders eligible for parole.

Mississippi’s inmate population experienced enormous growth after the “truth-in-sentencing” laws were enacted in 1994.

The parole eligibility bill would allow nonviolent offenders convicted after June 30, 1995, to be eligible for parole after serving a portion of their time. The bill also covers nonviolent offenders convicted of possessing small amounts of drugs.

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The bill became law Monday when Barbour signed it.

The bill is Senate Bill 2136.