Thursday, January 22, 2015

Longwitz introduces house burglary bill.

State Senator Will Longwitz issued the following press release:

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:


Anonymous said...

He might as well have come out and said "because of the catch-and-release program in place in the Hinds County Court system..."

Anonymous said...

If someone votes against this they shouldn't be reelected.

Anonymous said...

Murder is a little more invasive.....and perminate than house burg. Why didn't you intro a bill prohibiting early release for that??

Anonymous said...

good bill, it needs to pass.

the laws they amended last year is allowing MDOC to release dangerous criminals way too early. since that change in the laws was orchestrated by Chris Epps, the whole thing needs to be revisited. its very bad law. it allows people that are on probation or supervision to avoid much more than 90 days for violations of their conditions.

Anonymous said...

Thank God we can still early eliminate this waste of $28,000.00/year + Per Diem payments. I'd have better luck getting one of these criminals to answer the phone and give a straight answer than I do with this "Senator"

Sen. Will Longwitz said...

"Anonymous", I return calls seven days a week as long as someone leaves their name and number in a message. My number is 601-605-5879, or my email is I look forward to hearing from you. -Will

Anonymous said...

Suits me. It does destroy property values and any sense of security. They do it for their next drug buy and get to roam free to do it again. It isn't just Hinds County, the state turns these "non violents" out way to quick. The money/prisoner/year is nothing compared to the cost of insurance, decrease in property values, and cost of replacement (if possible) of items taken and doors busted. People must be accountable for their behavior.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Will. At least someone has their eye on the ball. This is a good start!

This Cell Belongs To Otis said...

Chris Epps, with his stupid motto of "We need to decide who we are afraid of and who we don't like" was, for decades, all about early release and transitioning bad people back in among good people. That was his answer to over-crowding. Just turn the roaches loose in the kitchen again.

I'm with Will. Keep their asses in the jailhouse.

Anonymous said...

We have to be willing to pay to have a jail to put them in and pay to keep them in it.

We need to pay for enough guards to make sure they can't get drugs while in prison.

We need to make sure that instead of learning how to burglarized more effectively, they learn how to DO something else to earn money before they get out!

We need to make sure they don't link up with more organized criminals while there.

Incarceration keeps them off the streets for a while and that's not a bad thing but imprisonment alone doesn't seem to be working!

And, privatizing is costing us more, not less and has become about profit, not attacking the core problem. A corporation that profits from increases in crime is hardly interested in reducing crime!

Anonymous said...

How about an automatic bounty reward payable to anyone who takes care of the problem in his house?

No Early Release said...

8:10; Which verse of your song is new and who do you think you're singing it to?

While funding is necessary, incarceration is essential.

While ensuring that drugs don't get inside the prison is a good goal, incarceration is essential.

While inmate education and job training are desired, incarceration is essential.

While it's neat to think they won't talk to other criminals while in jail, incarceration is essential.

While jail doesn't promise to stop crime, incarceration is essential.

While privatization may have problems and we can nit pick them all day, incarceration is essential.

Please take your whiney-ass down the hall. Society has a right to expect that perpetrators of certain crimes against us will serve jail time and people incarcerated for certain crimes need to serve a long chunk of time.

Anonymous said...

Wow. He didn't repeat his "former federal prosecutor" and "former justice court special prosecutor" lies.

Anonymous said...

to 4:16, the Longwitz bill does not need to prohibit early release for murderers, because there is already no early release for murderers in MS. Here is the law on “earned time” for people convicted of murder:

Prior to 1995, the punishment for murder was execution or life sentence. But, prior to 1995, you could get life with parole (and parole was a possibility after 10 years served).

That changed in 1995. Under current law, for murder, you get either execution or a true life sentence. There is no earned time for a death or life sentence.

The criminal justice reform bill passed in 2014 changed our murder law in one very important way. There is now “first degree murder” (which gets life without parole). There is also now “second degree murder.” Under second degree murder, a jury may sentence to life without parole. But if a jury does not give a life sentence, a judge can give 20 – 40 years, and parole is still not an option. Technically, the statute does not prohibit “earned time” for those convicted of second degree murder, but MDOC's written policy is that those convicted of murder are never eligible for earned time.

So, to summarize, there is no parole or earned time for murder in Mississippi, so there is no need for legislation to eliminate it.

Anonymous said...

Blah Blah. Translation- I am going to get beat by Billingsly unless I pander to the masses.

Anonymous said...

Where was Will during the entire 585 year long debate. This has been settled. Sounds a lot like Obama talking tax cuts etc

Pleased Petunia said...

I'm just tickled Rita is going to be watering plants for a living.

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