Jerry Mitchell, The Clarion-Ledger

Jerry Mitchell

The Clarion-Ledger

Jackson, MS, United States

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Past articles by Jerry:

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

Beatings, murders and prisoners set on fire: inside the prison called 'gangland'

Inmates report gangs enforce the rules at South Mississippi Correctional Institution, where violence is surging and ‘horrific’ attacks leave ‘no doubt the prison is unsafe’ → Read More

Some of the Country’s Worst Prisons Have Escaped Justice Department Action —

Prisons in Alabama are so bad, the Department of Justice said they violate Eighth Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment. We found prisons in Mississippi that may be even worse. → Read More

'Ticking time bomb': Violence surges amid guard shortage, lockdown at Mississippi prison

As a lockdown at this Mississippi prison enters its seventh month, violence is rampant. It's "not a sustainable situation," ACLU official says. Others agree. → Read More

Ole Miss admits mishandling probe into students who posed with guns at Emmett Till sign

Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks acknowledges his administration had mishandled the investigation and said that he has launched an internal review. → Read More

3 students posed with guns in front of Emmett Till's memorial. They could face a civil rights investigation

Kappa Alpha fraternity suspended the students after reporters found a photo of them in front of the shot-up memorial of the civil rights icon. → Read More

'One of Memphis's finest' among Ole Miss students posing with guns at Emmett Till sign

An Emmett Till sign was shot and Ole Miss students posed in front with guns for a photo posted on an Instagram account of Kappa Alpha fraternity brothers. → Read More

Ole Miss students pose with guns in front of Emmett Till sign. They could face investigation

“The photo is on Instagram with hundreds of ‘likes,’ and no one said a thing,” said the complaint, → Read More

University of Mississippi Students Face Possible Civil Rights Investigation After Posing With Guns in Front of Emmett Till Memorial —

Three students were suspended from their fraternity house, Kappa Alpha, after we shared an Instagram photo one of the men posted that was taken in front of a sign commemorating the murder of the 14-year-old black youth in 1955. → Read More

Years ago, I investigated Mississippi's prisons. Here's why I'm doing it again.

What began as a call from an inmate turned into an ongoing effort to examine corruption, gangs, violence and maltreatment inside Mississippi prisons. → Read More

Broken promises and lost funding: how Mississippi prison reform failed

It was a model on which the Trump administration based its criminal justice reform efforts. But it isn’t working → Read More

Trump hailed Mississippi prison reforms. But the numbers reflect a grim reality.

Savings from prison reform legislation in 2014 was supposed to help fund drug rehab, reentry programs and prison alternatives. That hasn't happened. → Read More

'Memories' of home: What does Myrlie Evers have to say about national monument designation?

Myrlie Evers turns 86 Sunday. Days before her birthday, the home where husband Medgar Evers was assassinated has been named a national monument. → Read More

Separate and unequal: For centuries, Mississippi has left its public schools in the hole

Throughout its history, Mississippi policymakers have fought against the education of those who didn’t belong to their “club.” → Read More

Donald Trump signs bill to release FBI documents on civil rights-era killings

More than 80 students at Hightstown High School in New Jersey were involved in conceiving, writing and lobbying for the legislation. → Read More

After 3 decades at Clarion Ledger, Jerry Mitchell is leaving to run journalism nonprofit

Jerry Mitchell helped start Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, leaving Clarion Ledger → Read More

Mississippi spends $100M to jail unconvicted

Mississippi counties spend more each year to lock up unconvicted than the state spends on child protective services. → Read More

Retired state employees should be able to keep their pension and serve in Miss. Legislature, AG says

AG's opinion means retired state troopers, teachers, health officers and others can serve in the Mississippi Legislature. → Read More

Confederate flag placed on civil rights martyr's grave

The family of Vernon Dahmer learned Tuesday of a Confederate battle flag placed on the civil rights martyr's grave. → Read More