Bill of the Week Breakdown: HB 84

This is a bill that was introduced and authored by Earle Banks. A democrat in the House of Representatives for District 67.  Originally introduced on January 27th, 2020 and referred to House Corrections on the same day, then later referred to the House Judiciary B Committee.

Earle Banks, House of Representatives. Represents District 67

The original caption for this bill is, “TO PROVIDE THAT THE CASE PLANS OF INMATES WHO HAVE COMMITTED VIOLENT OFFENSES SHALL CONTAIN CERTAIN PROGRAMS FOR REHABILITATIVE PURPOSES.”

Looking more into this, the bill is asking for violent inmates to be given a case plan within the first 90 days of being placed in custody.

The department where the inmate was placed under arrest and the parole board should come to discuss a rehabilitation plan for only parole-eligible inmates while in custody to reduce the likelihood of recidivism.

Within the first 90 days of admission, the department case plan should require screening for psychological and/or social issues on inmates that committed a violent offense.  This should then consist of placing inmates in programs like 70 x 7, Love Your Neighbor, and other programs to help the inmate focus on why he/she committed the said crime and how to prevent it from happening in the future.  The respected program should also help inmates coexist with society.

The bill also asks for there to be a progress report released every four (4) months.

The bill has been introduced and will now be discussed in the correct committee before any further action is taken.

If this bill is passed and signed by Governor Tate Reeves, Representative Banks asks that this takes effect on July 1st of 2020.