Mississippi lawmaker wants fewer people in prison

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — A top state lawmaker wants Mississippi to lock up fewer people, cutting prison spending in the process.

House Corrections Chairman George Flaggs, a Vicksburg Democrat, says that many inmates would be better off confined at home and monitored electronically. He says inmates with drug problems could be treated at home, and that the state could save money.

Flaggs spoke Monday at a luncheon sponsored by Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government and the Capitol press corps.

He also called for guidelines to equalize sentencing between judges, and suggested that first-time felons should have a way to get their convictions expunged to allow them to find work more easily.