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Governor vetoes criminal justice bill over early-parole typo

Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's governor has vetoed a criminal justice bill because of a typographical error that he says could have unintended consequences.

House Bill 1033 would have allowed employed parolees to schedule online interviews with probation officers instead of missing work. It also would have eliminated automatic prison time for failure to pay a fine.

In vetoing the bill Tuesday, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says a mistake would have made habitual offenders eligible for parole after serving 25 percent of a sentence.

The typo is a switch in a single number that changes a section in state law that may have allowed habitual offenders early access to parole.

Republican Rep. Andy Gipson of Braxton, who wrote the bill, says two other sections would have prevented those offenders from being considered for parole.

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