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A Bong, A Vest, A Torch: JPD Busts Dispensary Parties, Contraband

JPD arrested five individuals for possession of ecstasy and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in connection to a dispensary party on Woodside Drive.

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R. Kelly Facing Sweeping New Federal Sex Crime Charges

Singer R. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago on a sweeping federal indictment that accuses him and members of his entourage of ...

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Labor Secretary Acosta Resigning Amid Epstein Deal Scrutiny

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he is resigning following renewed scrutiny of his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Esptein , who is accused ...

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Will a Court Force Mississippi to Change on Mental Health?

In a 2017 report, ProPublica identified more than 100 cases in which Mississippians with mental illnesses were spending long periods in jail waiting for a bed or evaluation from the ...

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Prison Breakouts a Result of 'Mass Incarceration,' Mississippi Orgs Say

Three prison inmates may not have escaped last week if not for Mississippi's "mass incarceration problem," a group of civil-rights organizations said in a press statement on Friday.

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Jackson Attorney to Represent Flowers in Possible Seventh Trial

A Jackson-area civil rights attorney is vowing to represent an African American man after a prosecutor accused of racial bias said he plans to try him a seventh time for ...

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Jeffrey Epstein Arrested and Charged With Molesting Dozens of Underage Girls

Eleven years after letting Jeffrey Epstein off lightly with a secret deal, federal prosecutors took another run at putting the billionaire financier behind bars on sex charges, accusing him in ...

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OPINION: Deepest Midnight Returns—Cedric Willis Taken Far Too Soon

We all failed Cedric (Willis) in life. Let us not fail him in death. I need you to insist on a better way, on a better life for all of ...

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Trial Reset for Lawmaker Accused of Beating His Wife

The misdemeanor domestic violence trial for a Mississippi lawmaker has been delayed because a local prosecutor stepped down from the case.

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Judge Gets Challenge to Mississippi Mental Health System

A federal judge should intervene in Mississippi's mental health care system, a U.S. Justice Department lawyer argued Monday, saying the state has moved far too slowly to provide community alternatives ...

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Jacksonians Sue City Over Water Billing Amid Siemens Conflict

Pieter Teeuwissen and Anthony R. Simon are representing six city residents in a lawsuit against the City of Jackson. The defendants named in the case have water bills ranging from ...

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Long Jail Stays Flourish, Despite Bail Changes

Two years after rule changes in Mississippi courts, judges are still demanding bail—and people are still getting stuck in jail.

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New Body Cameras Could Make JPD 'Less Aggressive' If Used Well

The Jackson Police Department will join various other police agencies across the United States that require officers to wear body cameras.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Goodbye, Bozo—My Friend Cedric Willis Gone Too Soon

Cedric Willis had to claw his way to freedom while living in hell. Then he returned to a community that, until to the present, has never collectively decided to tackle ...

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Judge Weighs Whether Mississippi Prison is ‘Excessively Harsh’

A federal judge sat through a monthlong trial last year over conditions at a privately run Mississippi prison, but that wasn't enough for him to make a decision on whether ...