Home Burglary Bill Introduced
SB 2290 Eliminates Early Release for Home Burglary Conviction
JACKSON - Senator Will Longwitz (R-Madison) has introduced a bill eliminating early release for criminals convicted of home burglary.
"Your home is your sanctuary. The ability to live in your home free from concern over crime and fear of invasion is not only the key to your personal safety, it is a major part of the fabric of our communities. We must protect people in their homes and neighborhoods. We must let criminals know that protecting the home is our top priority, and that we will punish home burglary as seriously as we possibly can. They need to know we won’t tolerate it. My bill would make those convicted of home burglary ineligible for early release of any kind." said the bill's author, Sen. Will Longwitz.
According to a report from the Department of Justice Statistics and FBI, 81% of people convicted of burglary will be arrested within the first 5 years of being released from prison.
Longwitz said this measure is common sense and a continuation of his successful effort last year to have home burglary classified as a violent crime for sentencing purposes. "Burglars are more likely to keep burglarizing once they are out of jail. SB 2290 would keep them in jail for the length of their term, thereby reducing crime in our communities.“
The argument for this bill: When your home gets invaded, it damages your family's peace of mind, your community's fabric and your property's value. Home burglary should be treated just like the other serious crimes.
SB 2290 can be found here: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2015/pdf/history/SB/SB2290.xml