JACKSON, Miss. -- Two Mississippi House committees held a joint meeting Tuesday at the capitol to hear ideas from attorneys, parole board members and correction workers on how to reduce the Department of Correction’s budget without compromising your safety.
We went from 1995 of a $119 million budget to a $339 million budget (for corrections). I just think that’s out of the ball park,” said House Corrections Committee Chair George Flaggs, D- Vicksburg. “I don’t think it makes any sense for us to overfund prison and underfund education.”
While lawmakers left with several ideas, Judiciary B Chair Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, says more research is needed. “We may actually have a task force to consider and report back to us on the issues that come out today.”