This brief report describes the Crime and Justice Institute’s (CJI) role in supporting Mississippi’s bipartisan, inter-branch Corrections and Criminal Justice Task Force in conducting a comprehensive review of Mississippi’s criminal justice system and developing data-driven, evidence-based policies that would improve public safety while controlling corrections costs, saving Mississippi taxpayers at least $266 million through 2024.

The Crime and Justice Institute (CJI), in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project, provided technical assistance to the Task Force, bringing expertise in data and systems analysis and evidence-based correctional practices to support the Task Force in reaching its goals.

The legislation, House Bill 585, passed by large bipartisan majorities in both legislative chambers and was signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant on March 31, 2014.

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