Shining Light. Exposing Darkness.


Trump Hailed This State’s Prison Reforms as a National Model — but the Numbers Reflect a Grim Reality

When Mississippi lawmakers passed prison reform legislation in 2014, they pledged to devote some of the savings to drug rehabilitation, reentry programs and prison alternatives. That hasn’t happened.

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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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63 years after Brown, segregated classrooms persist in one Mississippi school district

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — More than six decades after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled segregated schools unconstitutional, one Mississippi school district has largely segregated classrooms — some all-black, some majority white.

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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.