Lawmaker Wants Constitutional Change

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Rep. Brandon Jones said he knows changing Mississippi's Constitution will not be easy, but it's something he feels compelled to accomplish.

Jones' desire took hold in July when Gov. Haley Barbour commuted Michael David Graham's life sentence after the inmate served 19 years for stalking and killing his ex-wife, Adrienne Klasky Graham, in Pascagoula in 1989.

Graham served four of his 19 years working as a trusty at the Governor's Mansion. Barbour has said he will pardon Graham if he does well outside of prison. Other governors have done the same.

Jones has written two bills that will be introduced Jan. 6 when the Mississippi Legislature convenes.

"The first bill is a constitutional amendment," Jones said, "which will make it impossible for any governor to pardon, or provide other relief, for a murderer or capital murderer. This includes commutation of sentence or suspension of sentence."

Jones said he has also written a bill that will require a governor considering release of an inmate to alert the district attorney and the sheriff's department in the county where the crime occurred.

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  • by anonymous Location: Faraway on Sep 29, 2008 at 06:32 PM
    I respect Barbour's decision, because prison should be about punishment and reform. The old eye-for-an-eye concept went out the door when Jesus came to this Earth, and on top of that, the concept is a religious one that should have no bearing on the legal standards of a state's law. Our nation's prisons are overcrowded as it is, and if we can reform one person, that saves tax dollars in the long run. And for those who believe a death-row inmate saves tax dollars because he is dead...look at the statistics. It costs much more to kill a man on death-row than it does to reform him in this day and age.
  • by Worried Location: Faraway on Sep 29, 2008 at 01:13 PM
    so,we can kill a person,serve some time,and then work at the governors mansion?? come on...let's be real here.we need to go back to and eye for and eye..lawmakers need to focus on how to keep these KILLER's in prison and not on our streets...I would not allow any one accused and sentenced of killing someone to work at my motto is TAKE ONE'S LIFE AND TAKE THE KILLER'S LIFE...then you would see the crime rate go down.
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