Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Jackson Free Press

Bipartisanship, Prisons, Gangs, Teacher Pay and Tarnished Lawmakers

Mississippi's legislative session kicked off Jan. 7 with all the fanfare of a divine host, horns blaring and choirs singing. Beneath the pomp, however,...

Causes, Solutions to Gun Violence in Jackson Emerge at MLK Day...

Veteran educator and Jackson native Edith Pitchford stood before a crowd inside of Mt. Helm Baptist Church in downtown Jackson on Martin Luther King...

OPINION: Ugly Mississippi Prison Conditions Need Humanitarian Reforms

Over the past year, reports about the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman painted an ugly picture. Guards recounted understaffing. Inmates told horror stories about...

State’s Payments to CoreCivic for Housing Inmates at Private Prison May...

Mississippi's emergency contract with a private prison corporation to house 375 inmates could exceed legal limits even more than previously known. Earlier this month,...

OPINION: Pelicia Hall and the Political Emptiness of ‘Black Girl Magic’

"Black Girl Magic" is a term floating around the internet and placed in the service of women of color rallying for empowerment, seeking equal...

No Reconsideration for 15-Week Abortion Ban Ruling, 5th Circuit Tells Mississippi

A federal court decision that struck down Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban will stand for now.Shortly before he left office, former Mississippi Attorney General Jim...

OPINION: Southern Evangelical to GOP; Trump ‘Fits the Scriptural Definition of...

To the Honorable Richard Burr and the Honorable Thom Tillis:It is with a heavy heart that I find myself writing this letter to you,...

Physicians Push Back on Medical Marijauna Opposition in Mississippi

A number of state Mississippi physicians are pushing back after the State Board of Health decried a push to legalize medical marijuana. On Jan....

Gov. Tate Reeves Touts ‘Loving Culture,’ Need for Unity in Mississippi

Republican Tate Reeves is now the governor of Mississippi, presiding over a deeply red government and a legion of interests looking for pieces of...

OPINON: Probation for Profit; Little More Than a Scam

Profiting off probation has become big business in Mississippi, and it is costing us all in ways we don't even realize.In the early 2000s,...