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How to Lower Teen Pregnancy

Women in Mississippi live in a state with some of the most oppressive laws in regards to reproductive health in the nation.

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Lawmakers: Stop Playing Politics with People’s Lives, Especially Children

We're grateful that, at least on the vaccination front, conspiracy theories and pseudo science haven't kept the state from requiring sensible vaccinations for children, while allowing some room for exemptions.

Crime

Don’t Prematurely Nix Prison Reform

It really doesn't come as a big surprise that an effort is now under way to scale back last year's package of sweeping criminal-justice reform bills.

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Don’t Politicize Special-Needs Education

Recent legislative deliberations, which come in the context of a larger debate over Mississippi's education crisis, have a whiff of election-year pandering in the same way politicians try to churn ...

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Dads Are Great, But Don’t Ignore Moms

Most problematic—and indeed dangerous—is the underlying implication that the mere presence of adult testosterone is some kind of magic wand that can solve all problems.

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Keep Lifting Up the Dialogue in Jackson

In the last week or so, Jackson Free Press editors have been participating in encouraging conversations on social media and the Nextdoor neighborhood sites, and in the office, about preventing ...

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Lawmakers: Don’t Waste Time on Gay-Marriage Ban

Though it's not clear what the Legislature can do to ensure that same-sex marriage will remain banned in the state, lawmakers will probably try to this session—if for no other ...

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Resolve to Have Clean 2015 Elections

2014 raised awareness about the way elections have been run in this state since time immemorial and the need for that to change.

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City: Don’t Let Uber Run Over Jackson

In a place where the mere presence of a national albeit uninspiring brand like Walmart can be a source of civic pride, it's easy to understand the excitement over the ...

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Full Funding Would Give All Schools a ‘Choice’

It can be hard to determine the motives of those who push for "school choice." After all, it can be difficult to distill what proponents of school choice, a movement ...

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Consider Vote Carefully in Ward 1 Runoff

We are confident that Dorsey Carson is a smart businessman and is willing to make the tough, studied decisions that will help keep the City of Jackson out of trouble ...

Civil Rights

Ending Racial Bias: Hard and Necessary Work

White Americans are more punitive than people of color. Whites misjudge how much crime African Americans and Latinos actually commit. Whites who more strongly associate crime with racial minorities are ...

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Endorsement: Dorsey Carson for Ward 1

In large part, it is our business relationship with Dorsey Carson that has earned our trust, our respect and our endorsement. We know he has the best interests of the ...

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Fighting Corruption Requires More, Not Less Oversight

A movement has been afoot for sometime to roll back government regulations and oversight at every level, the argument being that any amount of government mucks up the words for ...

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Ban-the-Box a Good Step

For decades, employers from fast-food joints to mall boutiques and financial-services firms to news organizations have been asking prospective employees about their criminal histories.

Best of Jackson

Best of Jackson 2015: All About Local

With the holidays and cooler weather upon us, another season begins—Best of Jackson.

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Men: Don’t Wait on Women to Act

Mississippi is only as strong as our women. And right now, by most economic and social indicators, Mississippi is not very strong.

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Our U.S. Senate Endorsement: No to Childers, Cochran

We encourage all Mississippians to take advantage of their constitutional right to cast their ballots on Nov. 4. We just can't in good conscience support either man at the top ...

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Listen to the Music and Watch Jackson Grow

As you will read throughout this issue, there's great music in the capital city area, and the scene seems to get better with each annual Jackson Free Press Music Issue.

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The Jail Needs a Sense of Urgency

Crime is a hard thing to solve. It is the tragic confluence of poverty and generations of miseducation, not to mention institutional racism, patriarchy, childhood abuse and other structural biases. ...

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