2012 Regular Session
To: Corrections; Judiciary, Division B
By: Senator(s) Watson
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 47-5-138.1, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT AN INMATE IN TRUSTY STATUS WHO WAS CONVICTED OF MURDER OR ANY OTHER CRIME OF VIOLENCE SHALL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY PROGRAM AT THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSED.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 47-5-138.1, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
47-5-138.1. (1) In addition to any other administrative reduction of sentence, an offender in trusty status as defined by the classification board of the Department of Corrections may be awarded a trusty time allowance of thirty (30) days' reduction of sentence for each thirty (30) days of participation during any calendar month in an approved program while in trusty status, including satisfactory participation in education or instructional programs, satisfactory participation in work projects and satisfactory participation in any special incentive program.
(2) An offender in trusty status shall not be eligible for a reduction of sentence under this section if:
(a) The offender was sentenced to life imprisonment;
(b) The offender was convicted as an habitual offender under Sections 99-19-81 through 99-19-87;
(c) The offender was convicted of a sex crime;
(d) The offender has not served the mandatory time required for parole eligibility, as prescribed under Section 47-7-3, for a conviction of robbery or attempted robbery through the display of a deadly weapon, carjacking through the display of a deadly weapon or a drive-by shooting;
(e) The offender was convicted of possession with the intent to deliver or sell a controlled substance under Section 41-29-139; or
(f) The offender was convicted of trafficking in controlled substances under Section 41-29-139.
(3) An offender in trusty status who was convicted of murder or any other crime of violence shall not be allowed to participate in any program at the Governor's Mansion.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.