Pretrial Incarceration In Mississippi Criminal Justice System Is Sixth-Longest In The Country.

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 26th, 2018 at 3:10 am

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Filed Under: County Government, Immorality, Law Enforcement, MDOC, Mississippi, News, Public Safety, Spending

Mississippi’s criminal justice system, for a variety of reasons, is set up so that lengthy pretrial incarceration is not only possible, it’s common.

Newly Appointed Commissioner of MDOC Wants To “Change The Perception” Of Corrections System

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 6th, 2017 at 7:47 pm

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Filed Under: Governor, Law Enforcement, Leadership, MDOC, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant, Public Safety

Pelicia Hall has become the first female commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Gov. Phil Bryant named Hall, who had been interim commissioner, to the post permanently on Monday. “I am honored to accept the appointment as commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, and I am committed to implementing positive reforms that will […]

PLUNKETT: Which State Agencies Spent The Most Money And Gave More Pay Raises During 2016 Spending Spree? [Interactive Chart]

By Keith Plunkett | January 20th, 2017 at 8:45 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Contributor, Economy, Ethics, Keith Plunkett, MDA, MDE, MDEQ, MDOC, MDOT, Medicaid, MEMA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi Supreme Court, MS Attorney General, MS Bureau of Narcotics, MS Secretary of State, MS State Government, News, Opinion, PERS, Politics, Public Service Commission, Spending, Taxes, Treasurer

The Hattiesburg American published a report by Clarion Ledger Political Reporter Geoff Pender on Monday, January 16 that: “a report requested by lawmakers and making the rounds at the Capitol shows that 74 state agencies, for the first five months of this fiscal year, gave $12.4 million in raises to 3,396 employees. It shows that […]

FY 2018 Budget: State Agency Directors Should Prepare For Rejection.

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 11th, 2016 at 8:08 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Education, Governor, Institutes of Higher Learning, Legislature, MDA, MDOC, MS State Government, News, Spending

Several agencies cut services heading into fiscal 2017, and they could face even tighter budgets in the coming year. Among them is the Department of Mental Health. In May, Mental Health director Diana Mikula announced the department was making several cuts, including closing 67 drug and alcohol rehabilitation beds and 29 beds at the State […]

Getting Started Late, PEER Committee Expected To Issue Only 4 Reports

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 2nd, 2016 at 6:50 am

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Filed Under: Charter Schools, Ethics, Legislature, MDOC, Medicaid, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, PERS, PERS, SLRP, Tate Reeves

The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, or PEER, is back up and running. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves missed the normal appointment time in April, finally getting around to naming his seven appointments in late October. The legislative watchdog group was established nearly 50 years ago. The committee issued it’s first report […]

Former State Senator to Plead Guilty in MDOC Contract Bribery Case

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 3rd, 2016 at 9:59 am

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Filed Under: Ethics, Law Enforcement, MDOC, News

Former state senator Irb Benjamin of Madison is expected to become the sixth person to plead guilty in Mississippi’s prison contract bribery scandal, court records show. Benjamin’s lawyer, Joe Hollomon, filed notice Friday that Benjamin plans to plead guilty on Oct. 18 before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate in Jackson. RELATED: Gov. Bryant announces […]

HEILPERN: Family-Focused Interventions Are Key to Social Change

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 23rd, 2016 at 12:17 pm

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Filed Under: Commentary, Education, Entitlements, health, Immorality, Influencing Institutions, MDOC, Medicaid, Public Service, Religion, Unemployment, Virtue

BY: Kindra Heilpern/Institute of Family Studies So what is the cause of social decay? The data is so overwhelming, and the answer is so obvious, and yet we seem to have missed it: virtually every social problem can be traced back to family distress and dissolution. For example, marital distress is associated with increased rates […]

Sen. Derrick Simmons Pens Commentary Supporting Reform of State Habitual Offender Law

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 21st, 2016 at 11:35 am

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Filed Under: Civil Rights, Commentary, Democrats, Derrick Simmons, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Legislature, MDOC, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Public Safety

State Sen. Derrick Simmons (D-12) has written an article published today in support of reform of Mississippi’s habitual offender law, commonly referred to as the “three strikes” law. “There are, as of a recent count more than 100 people serving life without parole sentences for nonviolent crimes sentenced under this law,” Simmons writes. “This lines […]

Closing of Walnut Grove Correctional Facility Part of National Trend Following Justice Dept. Security Audit.

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 18th, 2016 at 7:41 pm

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Filed Under: Civil Rights, East Mississippi, Ethics, Federal Government, Law Enforcement, MDOC, News, Public Safety

The state went on a prison building spree and legislative leaders agreed with private-prison lobbyists, who pointed to government’s unimpressive record of prison management and said corporations might do more efficient job at a better price. Critics decried prisoners-for-profits as an unseemly business model, but the state moved ahead with private contracts for some of […]

Rep. Baria wants to convene panel to investigate "systemic corruption" of MDOC scandal.

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 15th, 2014 at 7:20 am

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Filed Under: David Baria, Legislature, MDOC

State Rep. David Baria, D-Waveland, wants to convene a legislative panel to look at the charges against Epps, who was indicted along with former lobbyist Cecil McCrory last week on 49 counts involving an alleged bribery and kickback scheme, as well as Epps’ reappointments to head MDOC. Baria believes the MDOC scandal represents systemic corruption […]