Magazine article Corrections Forum

Numbers Game: The Vicious Cycle of Incarceration in Mississippi's Criminal Justice System

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Numbers Game: The Vicious Cycle of Incarceration in Mississippi's Criminal Justice System

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Justice Strategies.org

On March 28, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mississippi in collaboration with Justice Strategies released "Numbers Game: The Vicious Cycle of Incarceration in Mississippi's Criminal Justice System." The report's examination of the state's drug enforcement and sentencing system, coauthored by Judith Greene and Patricia Allard, raises troubling concerns about the focus of federally funded drug task forces, the unchecked use of confidential informants and the cumulative negative impact these law enforcement tactics have on relationships between police and the community.

The report concludes that there are serious structural problems in Mississippi's drug enforcement and sentencing scheme sufficient to require reform efforts that would enhance public safety, protect civil rights and ensure the state's fiscal solvency.

Major findings in the Number's Game report include that:

Mississippi's regional drug task force funding, contingent on the quantity of drug arrests, encourages the indiscriminate use of confidential informants to increase arrest numbers over the quality and public safety impact of the drug cases. …

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