Jerry Mitchell, The Clarion-Ledger

Jerry Mitchell

The Clarion-Ledger

Jackson, MS, United States

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Recent articles by Jerry:

This Arkansas community is 'most diabetic place in America,' but few realize it

Jackson County in Arkansas is part of the Mississippi River Delta, which includes Louisiana and Mississippi. Food deserts and poverty are common. → Read More

‘When you’re diabetic, every decision you make will keep you alive or kill you’

Even with insurance, insulin ran up to $570 a month. “You always have to have a job, or you literally die. I’ve almost lost my house three times.” → Read More

Religion behind bars: Ruth Graham part of Mississippi’s new prison seminary for women

Ruth Graham, who became involved in prison ministries at Angola under Burl Cain, is now helping with Mississippi's new seminary for women. → Read More

Congressman wants DOJ probe: Mississippi jail death ‘equal to the George Floyd situation’

Robert Loggins, 26, died in a Grenada, Miss., jail in 2018. Calls for an investigation emerge after a video shows actions inside the jail. → Read More

Mississippi investigation of Medicaid provider Centene builds case for more oversight

Allegations of deception, which the company firmly disputes, are the subject of a lawsuit in Ohio. Mississippi is also investigating. → Read More

Burl Cain remade Angola prison in own image. Can he do the same with notorious Parchman?

Burl Cain drew national attention during his time at Angola. Here's a look at what he's been doing during his first year as MDOC commissioner. → Read More

Mississippi has lost $7B by not expanding Medicaid. Will the state make that $20B?

So far, 38 states have expanded Medicaid, many of them creating their own version, including Indiana when Mike Pence was governor. → Read More

End of smoking ban in Mississippi prisons: Step in right direction or a step backward?

“They will do virtually anything to get it. I’ve seen guys trade sex, demean themselves and be abused by gang members, just to get a smoke.” → Read More

Life without parole for juveniles isn't rare in Mississippi, despite Supreme Court ruling

Supreme Court could end a gradual move toward more leniency for juveniles convicted of murder. In Mississippi, though, little leniency has been shown. → Read More

Coronavirus in Mississippi exposes 'underbelly of poverty and inequality'

Coronavirus deaths are twice as high per capita in Mississippi’s poorest counties, data analysis shows. → Read More

Mississippi's poorest county was ‘already off the cliff with no safety net.' Then came COVID-19.

The rate of infection in Holmes County is more than three times the national average, an analysis of statistics shows. → Read More

COVID-19 testing approach in Mississippi prisons ‘inadequate and dangerous,’ lawyer says

Absent aggressive screening, "we must assume the numbers are grossly understated,” says Mississippi justice center director of virus cases. → Read More

John Lewis “stood for everything that is good.”

Myrlie Evers remembered Congressman John Lewis as a fearless civil rights leader. → Read More

'Medgar's wings must be clapping': Myrlie Evers responds to Mississippi flag vote

Myrlie Evers, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, said she weeped as the Mississippi Legislature voted to retire the state flag. → Read More

George Floyd’s killing resurrects nightmares for families of civil rights martyrs

Myrlie Evers and the family members of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner are among watching with dismay as history repeat itself. → Read More

'Tiger King' mystery: Don Lewis' signature 'traced' on will, power of attorney, expert says

The Netflix documentary "Tiger King" detailing the animal sanctuary owner’s disappearance wound up capturing the public’s interest. → Read More

Coronavirus in Mississippi: Health care cuts costing lives, former UMMC chancellor says

Rejected Medicaid expansion, rural hospital closures, health department cuts hurting coronavirus fight. Black Mississippians hit hard, officials say. → Read More

Violence brews at Parchman: Lack of funding, not enough guards and decrepit conditions

Understaffed, underfunded and plagued by gang violence. Lawmakers have known for decades. Now, everyone is paying the price. → Read More

Reports of chaotic conditions in Mississippi prisons spark bipartisan call for reform

2014 law designed to reduce prison population, save millions marked by funding shortfalls, deteriorating conditions. → Read More

Violent, ongoing hell: Mississippi prisons may be worse than Alabama's. Will DOJ step in?

Alabama’s prisons are so bad, they violate guarantees against cruel and unusual punishment. Mississippi’s prisons may be as bad, or even worse. → Read More