Before Haley Barbour became Governor:
- State leadership was not focused on stopping the crime epidemic caused by drugs. The budget for drug enforcement was cut 41%, even though nearly 80% of crime is drug related and state law enforcement efforts were not properly organized to assist local law enforcement.
- The Department of Corrections’ budget was increasing at an unsustainable rate, putting pressure on the prison system to release inmates who need to be in jail. The Musgrove Administration did not adequately use private and regional jails to control costs.
Haley’s Plan: Safer Communities
- Lead the fight against drug crime
- Protect our children from drugs and sexual predators
- Support Law Enforcement
- Manage the prison system so convicts stay behind bars
The Results of Haley’s Plan?
We are giving law enforcement more resources to fight drug crime
while putting criminals behind bars.
- The Legislature approved Governor Barbour’s plan to reorganize the Bureau of Narcotics within the Department of Public Safety to better coordinate state law enforcement efforts and to better support local law enforcement. In the first year, drug arrests by the new Department of Public Safety increased 73%.
- After being cut 41% in Musgrove Administration, the drug enforcement budget has increased 20% in the first three years of the Barbour Administration.
- Governor Barbour proposed and signed laws to give prosecutors and law enforcement new tools in the fight against crystal meth and other drugs and to protect our kids from sexual predators. Basic ingredients for crystal meth now have to be kept behind the pharmacist’s counter and anyone who puts a child in an area where drugs are manufacture or sold can now be charged with a felony. Sex offenders now have to re-register face-to-face every 90 days. This has helped Mississippi have one of the lowest non-compliance rates in the country for sex offenders.
- Under Governor Barbour, the Highway Patrol put more troopers on the road, including 43 new troopers. Another Highway Patrol School is planned for this fall.
- Governor Barbour signed into law the largest pay raise for state troopers in Highway Patrol history.
- There is no reason taxpayers should have to pay first-class hotel rates when we incarcerate dangerous criminals. Under Governor Barbour’s leadership, the Department of Corrections has streamlined its workforce; shut down inefficient, out-of-date units at Parchman; reopened the private prison in Greenwood; and maximized the use of county-owned regional jails. These reforms have saved taxpayers millions of dollars.
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