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Judge: Doctrine Shielding Police from Lawsuits is Wrong

A federal judge in Mississippi has issued a sharply worded ruling that calls on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the principle of qualified immunity, which protects law enforcement officers from being sued for some of their actions.

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OPINION: An Open Letter to Governor Tate Reeves and MDOC

We write this open letter to demand accountability for neglecting the urgent crisis in Mississippi's prisons. We see your response, or lack thereof, as nothing more than the abuse of unchecked power with willful contempt for moral and humane solutions.

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Three More Sentenced in Huge Health Care Fraud Scheme

Three more people accused of participating in a multimillion-dollar pharmacy scheme were sentenced Thursday in federal court in Mississippi.

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Rukia Lumumba: Governor's Veto is 'Roadblock to Justice' for Incarcerated

People seeking improvements in Mississippi's troubled prison system said Monday that they want lawmakers to overturn the governor's veto of a bill that could make more inmates eligible for parole.

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Prominent Restaurant Owner Indicted in April Shooting

Greta Brown-Bully, the owner of a prominent restaurant in Mississippi, has been indicted on a murder charge in the April shooting of a man outside the liquor store she also owns.

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Former Mississippi Priest Indicted in Wire Fraud Case

A former priest in Mississippi has been indicted for wire fraud after federal investigators said he took more than $18,000 from parishioners for personal expenses.

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People’s Assembly on Police Reform Reveals Civil Review Board in Progress

Efforts to reform Jackson policing will include increasing investment in community alternatives to policing, members of the City's criminal-justice task force told participants at the Jackson's People's Assembly virtual forum last week.

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Adams, Convicted of Ponzi Scheme, Asks Judge for Prison Release Due to Pandemic

Arthur Lamar Adams, a Mississippi man sentenced to nearly 20 years only nine months ago for running a $100-million Ponzi scheme, is hoping a federal judge will order his release from prison because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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New Law Enforcement Committee Will Monitor Policing Responses in Jackson

The death of George Floyd inspired newly elected Jackson City Council President and Ward 6 representative Aaron Banks to kick off his one-year tenure as president by including a law-enforcement committee among his slate of 10 reconfigured committees last week.

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Former JSU President Found Guilty in Prostitution Sting

A Mississippi judge has found Jackson State University's former president guilty of misdemeanor charges related to a prostitution sting.

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Autopsy: Death of Harvey Hill in Madison County Detention Center Ruled Homicide

The death of 36-year-old Harvey Hill on May 6, 2018, in the Madison County Detention Center was a homicide, the Mississippi State Medical Examiner's Office has determined.

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Indictment: Threat to Kill Mississippi's Only Black US Rep.

A federal indictment accuses a Mississippi man of threatening to kill the state's only Black U.S. representative and his staffers.

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Mayor Lumumba Bans Police Chokeholds, Restricts Firing at Moving Vehicles, More

Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba, in an executive order today, prohibits the Jackson Police Department from using choke-holds, knee-on-neck or any other tactic that restricts breathing in an amendment of its use-of-force policy.

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Mayoral Executive Order Amending the City of Jackson Police Department's Use of Force Policy

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba signed an executive order amending Jackson Police Department's use of force policy.

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Criminal Justice Reform Alive at Capitol, But Gang Bill, Teacher Pay Raises Dead for Now

Mississippi legislators’ ambitious plans for funding initiatives like state employee and teacher pay raises have taken a backseat to dealing with the coronavirus crisis, which is obliterating both state revenues and best-laid plans for the 2020 session.

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