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Aug. 28, 1955 | Emmett Till Abducted and Murdered in Mississippi Delta
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Gov. Tate Reeves tells new Parole Board chair: ‘Go fix it’ — Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting
Mississippi Parole Board Chairman Jeffrey Belk said he has no plans to change the board’s approach to parole, despite the state leading the world in mass incarceration.
Former police officer sentenced in statutory rape case
Todd King, a former police officer, has pleaded guilty and been sentenced on charges of statutory rape and gratification of lust.
Former law enforcement official pleads guilty to sex charges
A former law enforcement official who served in high ranking positions with two state agencies has pleaded guilty to sex charges involving children.
Mississippi police officer sued for alleged sexual assault
ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman allegedly sexually assaulted by an on-duty policeman is suing the former officer, the police chief and a north Mississippi city for unspecified damages. T…
Warrant issued for arrest of Magee mayor after wife files assault charges
Police say a warrant has been issued for Mayor Dale Berry for a misdemeanor charge of simple assault domestic.
Prisoners in Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman saying the power has been out in parts of the prison for 3 days.
After 121 scalding Mississippi summers, Parchman prison is getting air conditioning
After 121 summers in the Mississippi Delta, the state’s oldest and largest prison is getting air conditioning.
Former MDHS employee charged with embezzlement enters plea agreement
HINDS COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – A Hinds County resident, who was charged with embezzlement, entered into a plea agreement. Leaders with the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) announ…
Surveillance and body camera footage of a drunken Rankin County elected official reveals his mindset a few hours before he would end up being accused and later charged with rape.
Till family calling on district attorney to take action
Response to 1955 arrest warrant discovered in Greenwood court basement
Hinds County director of administration arrested for embezzlement
JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Hinds County director of administration was arrested on an embezzlement charge. Ridgeland police confirmed Stephen Hopkins was arrested. He was wanted by Hinds Cou…
Arrest warrant for woman who accused Emmett Till found nearly 67 years later in courthouse basement
An unserved arrest warrant in the lynching case of Black teenager Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago was found in a Mississippi courthouse.
Mississippi county to pay $2.75M in diabetic inmate’s death
LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi county has agreed to a $2.75 million settlement in a federal lawsuit for the wrongful death of an insulin-dependent inmate held in the county jail. William Joel…
Mississippi Prison’s Deputy Warden Charged for Beating Inmate and Then Lying About It
The Justice Department has announced that a federal grand jury has indicted 49-year old Melvin Hilson, a deputy warden at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, for repeatedly striking an inmate and knocking him to the ground, resulting in injury to the inmate. The indictment charges Hilson with a felo...
Wrongfully Accused Mother Pursues Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Mississippi Officials - Innocence Project
(New York, New York — June 22, 2022) Jocelyn McLean, a mother who was wrongfully arrested, prosecuted for the capital murder of her 8-day-old daughter, and detained without bail for nearly a year, has
Former Clarksdale Public Utilities cashier accused of embezzlement
COAHOMA COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Special agents from the State Auditor’s Office arrested the former lead cashier for the Clarksdale Public Utilities. According to State Auditor Shad White…
Mississippi Man Cleared of Murder Charge in Baby Daughter's Death Less Than One Month After His Wife Was Acquitted
“It was just an overall great feeling that we can kind of begin to deal with some of the losses,” he said. “And, overall, begin to grieve."
Former Canton police Officer Limmie Mitchell is calling for justice after an incident involving a Chief Otha Brown three years ago.
Former Mississippi officer ordered to pay over $2M to children of woman he murdered, records show
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Ex-Mississippi auditor resigns from state Veterans Affairs
The Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board is being run by an interim leader as the executive director and his chief of staff are both resigning.
Yo Gotti 'Grateful' Feds Find Mississippi Prison Conditions Unconstitutional
The infamous state prison Jay-Z, Yo Gotti and several others blasted for inhumane treatment of inmates has now been labeled unconstitutional by the federal government.
Former Mississippi Police Sergeant Gets Decades of Prison Time for Sexually Exploiting a Child
A former Mississippi police sergeant was sentenced to 30 years in prison several months after he agreed to plead guilty to one count of producing a video of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, the DOJ announced.
RANKIN CO., MS
Loftin will no longer be allowed to handle public money, auditor says.
Hinds County sheriff takes stand during federal hearing over control of jail
A federal hearing is in its third week as Hinds County fights to maintain control of the detention center.
Ex-Police officer gets jail for civil rights violations
GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A former police officer for a Mississippi city has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing money from multiple people during traffic stops, searches and arrests …
Anti-Crime Checkpoints in Jackson, Mississippi, Blatantly Violate the Fourth Amendment
"We're checking driver's license, proof of insurance," a Jackson, Mississippi, police officer tells Wayne Halcomb, a local resident who is...
Mississippi sheriff’s deputy fired after being arrested on child porn charges
A former sheriff’s deputy in Mississippi is behind bars after authorities arrested him on child porn charges.
“Y’all Going to Kill Me?” Years Apart, Mother and Son Die in Police Restraints
Officers continue to use hogtying and other dangerous restraints despite warnings.
Former Mississippi hospital police officer arrested for fraud, extradited from Texas
Officials from the Mississippi State Hospital Police Department contacted the Auditor’s office after noticing discrepancies in Williams’ timesheets.
Why Not Let People Have Cellphones in Prison?
Here’s how incarcerated people really use contraband phones.
House amends Mississippi medical marijuana bill, sends it back to Senate
The House passed a Senate medical marijuana proposal, but only after changing the bill to lower the amount of cannabis a patient could get.
As clock ticks, headwinds build against passage of Mississippi medical marijuana
Whatever golden hour there might have been for Mississippi medical marijuana after the 2020 passage of Initiative 65 appears to have faded.
Former Miss. House Rep. candidate pleads guilty to cyberstalking
Morgan was a candidate in a special election to fill the District 87 seat in the state’s house of representatives.
MDOC inmate death under investigation
Coroner David Ruth confirmed the body of Ronnie Graham was recovered from the prison.
Watchdog group: Mississippi Prison Industries not effective
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi legislative watchdog group is questioning the effectiveness of a nonprofit company that provides job training for people in prison. The Joint Legislative Committ…
Burl Cain vows to turn shuttered prison into haven of hope, hell for predators. — Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting
If Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain has his way, a shuttered prison will become a haven of hope for addicted inmates — and a hell for inmates that prey on others.
Former MDOC parole officer arrested once again on embezzlement charges
The arrest announcement was made by Mississippi State Auditor Shad White after Special Agents arrested Dendrick Hurd.
Federal judge finds Mississippi eviction law unconstitutional
JACKSON, Miss. (Mississippi Today) – A federal judge has struck down the part of Mississippi’s eviction law that allows landlords to immediately seize the property of delinquent tenants, sayi…
More change to come to help decrease violent crimes in Mississippi prisons, Commissioner says
According to the head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi prisons could soon see a decrease in violent acts.
“Y’all going to kill me?” Years apart, mother and son die in police restraints
Years apart, Robert Loggins and his mother Debbie died in police restraints. Officers continue to use dangerous restraints despite warnings.
LEE COUNTY, Miss
A Thanksgiving tradition continues in Lee County as churches from across Northeast Mississippi come together to feed those in jail and others who need a meal.
Judge: Mississippi faces crisis of alleged violent criminals with mental illnesses going back on the streets
Judge: Mississippi faces crisis of alleged violent criminals with mental illnesses going back on the streets
Mississippi’s first execution since 2012 expected to happen without delay
The state's first execution since 2012 is scheduled for November 17 at 6 p.m.
Over 100 federal prison workers have been arrested, convicted or sentenced for crimes since the start of 2019, including a warden indicted for sexual abuse, an associate warden charged with murder, guards taking cash to smuggle drugs and weapons, and supervisors stealing property such as tires and tractors.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has said his deputy meets regularly with Bureau of Prisons officials to address issues plaguing the agency.
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