Mississippi leaders are pledging bipartisan cooperation to make the state's criminal justice system more effective and less expensive.
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood say the state needs to ensure violent offenders serve enough time. But they say that's not enough and the state also needs to make sure inmates have job skills before leaving prison so they'll be less likely to get in trouble and return.
Bryant and Hood spoke Wednesday to about 200 law enforcement agents, prosecutors and other officials at the governor's public safety summit in downtown Jackson. The meeting was to help develop proposals for the 2014 legislative session.
The nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts says that without changes, Mississippi's prison costs are on track to increase $266 million in the coming decade.
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