Starrett Says Too Many People in Prison

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McComb, Miss.
A Mississippi federal judge is praising the legislature passing a bill to reform the state's criminal justice system.

U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett says he agrees with Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller, Jr., who called the legislation the most important reform in 100 years. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill this past week.

According to The Enterprise-Journal, Starrett says the law is heavy with re-entry efforts, which he compared to the way doctors gather information to diagnose a patient's illness and figure out the best treatment for it.

Starrett says the government offers employers nearly $5,000 in tax credits if they hire a former prisoner but few businesses know about it.