Criminal Justice Task Force to Meet

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Jackson, Miss.

A criminal justice task force meets Wednesday to finalize its report on proposals to overhaul the state's corrections system and cut ballooning costs.

The proposals will be presented to lawmakers in January.

The task force is led by Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps. It will meet at the state Capitol in Jackson.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that proposals include increasing the threshold from $500 to $1,000 for felony theft; lowering drug sentences for possession or trafficking of small amounts; and creating "true minimums" for when violent and nonviolent offenders are eligible for release.

House Corrections Chairman Tommy Taylor, R-Boyle, says he expects the legislature to work on reforms for the next few years. Taylor serves on the task force.