Monday, January 30, 2023

Lieutenant Governor Pushes Crime Initiatives

 Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement. 

Six Senate bills making their way through the legislative process seek to set minimum sentences for some pervasive crimes and reduce theft of public tax dollars.


“We have seen an uptick nationwide, during and after the pandemic, in violent crimes like armed carjacking. No Mississippian should be afraid they are going to be held up getting into a vehicle in their driveway or at the grocery store,” Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann said. “We have to have deterrents in the law, including minimum sentencing.”


Senator Joey Fillingane authored five of the bills, which include new minimum sentences for the crimes of fleeing law enforcement resulting in bodily harm (10 years); fleeing law enforcement resulting in death (20 years); carjacking (5 years); and armed carjacking (10 years) (S.B. 2101). Resisting arrest where an officer is subjected to serious bodily harm would also be a felony, with imprisonment in the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) custody for up to two years under the legislation.


Additionally, Fillingane’s bills would punish motor vehicle theft as a felony, with a fine of $10,000, or imprisonment in MDOC custody for a minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years, or both. A second offense would result in a fine of $20,000, or a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 40 years, or both (S.B. 2099).


The crime of receiving stolen property would include a stolen motor vehicle under Fillingane’s legislation (S.B. 2100), which would receive a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment and a maximum of 20 years or a fine of up to $10,000, or both.


Other legislation is aimed at addressing public corruption. 


Under a bill authored by Fillingane, the statute of limitations would increase from three to five years for bribery of a public official, matching federal limitations (S.B. 2122).


Senator England authored legislation creating a registry of offenders who commit a crime of embezzlement or misappropriation of public funds (S.B. 2420). Offenders would stay on the list for five years after conviction or the date of release from incarceration. The bill would restrict governmental entities from hiring someone on the list to a position in accounting or which otherwise oversees taxpayer funds.


For more information about Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann, visit


Anonymous said...

If this becomes a law, it will certainly take the perps off the street for a while, but it will have little to no effect on preventing future crimes. As for assessing monetary fines, that is a joke. The only way to effectively reduce violent crimes is to assess the death penalty to any crime involving a firearm, and to carry out the sentence within a maximum of 3 years.

Anonymous said...

Anyone convicted of armed carkacking should be summarily executed-

Anonymous said...

The problem we have is with the judges and the prosecutors. This joke that we call DRUG COURT that has no oversight by the way is destroying this state. No jail time, can be put in jail if you don't pay your fines, nothing but a revolving door at the justice court buildings across the state and the only ones that suffer are the victims.

Anonymous said...

How about something addressing current and former public officials defrauding the tax payers?

Anonymous said...

In the State of Mississippi, a motor vehicle theft conviction can result in up to 10 years in prison. That is for first-time offenders. For a second or third offense, you can expect to see up to 15 years in prion and fines up to $10,000.

Already on the books.

Anonymous said...

From the headline I thought Hosemann was advocating ways to commit crimes.

Anonymous said...

Hosemann nibbles around the edges yet again. He simply is not a serious problem solver.

Anonymous said...

@11:14 According to the post, these are minimum sentences they are trying to implement. I personally don't like minimum sentences, but I get why they are popular after watching judges let violent criminals off light.

Anonymous said...

Trying to stay in the news, for the free political exposure with little substance, bla bla bla.

Anonymous said...

This is the only way we have right now t deal with Jackson's catch and release crap. People in Madison and Rankin counties especially should be very grateful.

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