Shining Light. Exposing Darkness.


Gang-control allegations at Wilkinson prison mirrored in East Mississippi lawsuit

A November audit that concluded officials at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility had ceded control to gang leaders mirrors litigation against another privately run Mississippi prison where gangs allegedly were controlling the prison’s housing units and inmates were doing their own cell counts.

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Social Workers, Navigators Help Mississippi Foster Youth Overcome Trauma, Transition To College

JACKSON, Miss. — By the time she turned 6, Jessica Reese had been sexually abused repeatedly. Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services took Reese and her younger brother out of the home and placed them in the custody of a female cousin.

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Years Ago, I Exposed Horrors In Mississippi Prisons. Here’s Why I’m Back at It.

What began as a call from an inmate turned into a years-long effort to chronicle corruption, gangs, violence and maltreatment inside Mississippi prisons.

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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.