Parchman, one of the most notorious penal institutions in the world, casts a haunting shadow throughout Jesmyn Ward’s latest novel
Documentary photo book of two Mississippi men who spent a combined 29 years in prison before being exonerated through DNA testing that would eventually identify the perpetrator
Next up: Sam Cooke, Shelly Fairchild, Jesse Winchester and the Cedric Burnside Project
Governor’s Opioid and Heroin Study Task Force makes 41 recommendations for combating abuse in the state
Joshua Brandon Vallum of Lucedale received a sentence of 49 years in prison for what the U.S. Justice Department called the “bias-motivated” murder of his transgender ex-girlfriend, Mercedes Williamson. This is the first case prosecuted under the Hate Crimes Prevention Act involving a victim targeted because of gender identity. “Today’s sentencing reflects the importance of holding individuals accountable […]
Farm Bureau lobbied heavily against past bills and thinks current law is sufficient
• The Mississippi Department of Education is preparing four “endorsement options” to supplement the high school degrees it grants: career and technical, STEM, academic and distinguished academic. The endorsements will serve as a bonus, says Jean Massey, the department’s executive director in the office of secondary education, preparing each student for work, college without remediation, […]
• The Mississippi flag has been removed from exterior public display at Mississippi State University, reported the university’s student newspaper, The Reflector. MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter confirmed that all exterior displays of the state flag — which displays the Confederate battle flag emblem — have been removed. The Drill Field at the Starkville campus only flies […]
• Former state Rep. Bobby Moak has been elected chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party. He replaces Rickey Cole, who did not seek another term. Moak, 57, an attorney from Bogue Chitto, represented House District 53 for Lincoln, Lawrence and Pike counties for 32 years. • The Greenville Public School District is working to lower the teacher turnover […]
Three hospice programs have been shut down. Government officials say more indictments are on the way.
Many people in jails around the state are still eligible to vote, but it’s up to local officials to ensure those rights are granted before Election Day.
Walker family’s tragic story just one of many with jailed, mentally ill loved ones
‘Landmark” settlement addresses mental-health and calls for stronger protections of prisoners’ constitutional rights
Prosecutors plan to lay out details of ring operating from within state prison
• The Department of Health has reported four new cases of West Nile virus in the state, bringing the total of infected Mississippians in 2016 to 36, including a Hinds County resident who died of the virus in August. The new reported cases are in Adams, Carroll, George and Jefferson Davis counties. In 2015, the […]