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Martin A. Martinez, Youth Justice Policy Advocate for Texas Appleseed. The juvenile justice system in Texas is woefully understaffed and badly managed, and this is driving up suicide attempts among its underaged incarcerated population. Federal investigators were scrutinizing the state’s Juvenile Department last year, but lingering staffing shortages and failed reforms are taking a toll...
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"They came back and, without the knowledge of most of the legislature, they changed the bill to take half of that funding away from children in foster care and give it to children in private schools.”
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The city of Jackson, Mississippi hosted several Pride-based events throughout the month of June, giving the Lighthouse time to grab a few celebrants and pepper them with questions. We were looking for insight on what LGBTQ+ residents find appealing about this tiny, blue spot in the middle of the bright red Bible Belt. We were...
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In 2003, Haitian firebrand and authoritarian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide put the Haitian economy front and center of his platform. One of his biggest arguments: the $21 billion the nation of France extorted from the little island nation throughout the majority of the last two centuries. The nation, formerly known as Saint-Domingue, was once the most...
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Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, chairs the select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6, 2021. Photo by Sethasak Boonchai   This week, Mississippi’s own select committee Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., will launch a series of public hearings showcasing former president Donald Trump’s involvement in overthrowing democracy in America on...
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Mississippi seniors suspect this small lake outside the town of Drew is a graveyard for lynched Black women and girls. The route on 49 West to the small town of Drew, Mississippi, will take you through Entergy Mississippi’s spanking-new solar facility near the outskirts of Ruleville. Three-hundred and fifty thousand freshly constructed solar arrays stretch...
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The preliminary leak of a pivotal court decision reveals the U.S. Supreme Court is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade and put gay and interracial marriage on notice. Politico obtained a draft majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito and labeled “Opinion of the Court,” in which conservative justices sided with the state of Mississippi...
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An ongoing investigation by Mississippi Today reporter Anna Wolfe and state auditor Shad White continues to uncover one incriminating possibility after another of greed and collusion. Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant appears to have conspired with former MDHS head John Davis to use the state’s welfare program as a personal slush fund to enrich themselves...
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The Mississippi Secretary of State’s website lists all Chancery, Circuit and Appeals court judicial races up for contest this year, as well as one special election for the Desoto County district attorney’s office. That list shows less than 10 of those roughly 100 actually qualifying as a race. The vast majority of these positions contain...
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The Republican controlled Mississippi House was willing to let teacher pay raises die another year, keeping Mississippi at the lowest pay level in both the Southeastern and national average.  The House and Senate produced two competing versions of a pay raise this legislative session, but House leaders were willing to jettison the raise entirely for...
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