Shining Light. Exposing Darkness.


Inside The Prison Where Inmates Set Each Other On Fire and Gangs Have More Power Than Guards

LEAKESVILLE, Miss. — Jeffery Wilemon clutched his gut, throbbing in pain as he lay on his bed inside the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in April. But there was no way for him to cry out — not unless he wanted another beating.

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Ole Miss Students Face Possible Civil Rights Investigation After Posing With Guns in Front of Emmett Till Memorial

Three University of Mississippi students have been suspended from their fraternity house and face possible investigation by the Department of Justice after posing with guns in front of a bullet-riddled sign honoring slain civil rights icon Emmett Till.

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‘I know their pain’

BILOXI, Miss. -- On his desk were a couple of file folders, a notepad filled with letters, symbols and numbers, and a computer he had built using spare parts.

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Public School Funding: War of Attrition

 As Thomas' fouth-grade class goes over a play they're recently read and acted out, Thomas stays close to help students if needed.

Shining Light. Exposing Darkness.

Formed in 2018, the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting is a nonprofit news organization that seeks to empower citizens in their communities by holding public officials accountable. Led by award-winning investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell, the Center reports on such issues as education, the criminal justice system, prisons and public corruption. Through this work, the Center empowers Mississippians, helping them ensure that our public meetings and records stay public and that our democracy works as intended.