Q Did the 2010 Mississippi Legislature pass a law allowing assessments against convicted criminal defendants to cover costs of investigations?

A Yes. Section 99-19-77, effective from and after July 1, 2010, provides that a court may impose an assessment against a defendant convicted of a felony violation investigated by the Office of the Attorney General, the district attorneys, sheriffs, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and municipal police departments which may cover all reasonable costs of the investigation. Costs are to be paid to the appropriate governmental entity and include, but are not limited to, the cost of investigators, service of process, court reporters, expert witnesses and attorney's fees, and transportation costs expended by the governmental entity in the investigation of such case.