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Mississippi Welfare Agency Ex-Director Faces New Charges

John Davis, a former Mississippi Department of Human Services director, has been indicted on 20 additional felony charges tied to allegations that he participated in misusing money that was supposed …

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Education Company Leaders Plead Guilty to Federal Charges

Nancy New and Zachary New, a mother and son who ran a for-profit education company, have pleaded guilty to improperly obtaining millions of dollars from the Mississippi Department of Education …

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Judge Sentences Two Madison County Men to 150-Plus Years in Prison for Drug Offenses

Madison/Rankin County Circuit Court Judge Dewey Arthur sentenced 34-year-old Carlos Dominique Allen and 42-year-old Torrey Powell to 156 years, collectively, for drug offenses on March 28, 2022.

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Mississippi Gov Signs Bill Expanding Inmates' Work Release

Mississippi will expand a work release program for nonviolent inmates from one county to three counties.

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Sheriff: Rankin County Work-Release Program Is Not ‘Convict Leasing,’ A Vestige of Slavery

ACLU-MS Deputy Director Alicia N. Netterville said that the first iteration of House Bill 747 effectively functioned as convict-leasing by another name.

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US Judge Issues 2nd Contempt Order for Mississippi Jail

A federal judge has issued a second contempt order over poor conditions at a county jail in Mississippi, where court monitors found staff members are afraid to work in a …

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Emmett Till Family Again Demands Prosecution of White Woman for Child’s Lynching

The family of Emmett Till is once again calling for justice, nearly 70 years past young Till’s vicious murder, tied to a cotton-gin fan in the Tallahatchie River.

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Hearing Set for Mississippi Inmate Who Sought Execution Date

A Mississippi judge will hold a hearing next month to determine if a death row inmate truly wants to request an execution date and if the inmate is mentally competent …

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'My Baby is Dead,' Mom Says in Call for End to Violence

A Mississippi woman says local officials need to take immediate steps end senseless violence like the drive-by shooting that killed her 6-year-old son while he was playing with friends at …

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Gangs Control Who Eats at Mississippi Jail, Monitor Says

Elizabeth Simpson testified Tuesday that staffing shortages are so severe at Hinds County's Raymond Detention Center that gangs and “inmate committees” control certain aspects of life, including whether some inmates …

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Escapee Captured, Some Mississippi Prison Staff Suspended

A Mississippi inmate who escaped from prison over the weekend was captured Tuesday in a county where he had been convicted of murder, and about a dozen prison employees were …

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Justice Attorney: 'Ongoing danger' in Mississippi Jail

The failure of Mississippi's largest county to follow federal orders to improve jail conditions has “caused people to die, suffer injuries and live in ongoing danger," a Justice Department attorney …

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Hearing Set Over Who Controls Troubled Hinds County Jail

Officials from Hinds County and the federal government are set to go before a Mississippi federal judge Monday to argue over who will control the county's troubled jail.

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Hate Crime Probe Sought in Mississippi Attempted Shooting

Attorneys for a Black delivery driver are calling for a federal hate crimes probe of the attempted shooting of the driver in Mississippi, saying it's another example of Black Americans …

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Federal Judge Finds Hinds County in Contempt for Ongoing Jail Conditions

A federal judge has declared Hinds County in contempt of court, setting the path for receivership proceedings after the county, in a Jan. 21, 2022, motion, sought to end the …