Category: In-Depth

Outdoor shot of some buildings behind a chain link fence. A water tower on the right says "Hinds County Detention Facility"
In-Depth

One Jail’s Tale: Hinds County Detention Center At Risk of Federal Takeover  

The jail designed to improve conditions for detainees has faced a myriad of problems: structural deficiencies, chronic understaffing and poor management. But fixing those problems have been elusive under whatever sheriff and Hinds County Board of Supervisors are in elected office at a given time. Now, 27 years later, the federal government may take over the Hinds County Detention Center, wresting control from local officials.

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Deedra Burton in a pink shirt, Lavonda Aldrich in a black shirt, meeting and hugging
Culture

Black Women Firefighters Leading, Inspiring In Groundbreaking Roles on Gulf Coast

Both Fire Chief Deedra Burton and firefighter Lavonda Aldrich say women’s presence in the workforce can be helpful in and out of the fire-response field. They have each come to learn that women who are domestic-violence victims often feel more comfortable sharing sensitive details of abuse they’ve suffered at the hands of a loved one with another woman. They also attest that a woman firefighter can better assist little girls who tend to look for nurturing, motherly figures in trying times.

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Hope Credit Union Vice President Dwight Rawls and Senior Credit Officer Danielle Ware
In-Depth

Black Vision Fund: Deploying Capital To Black Business Will Reduce Wealth Gap

Altogether, 18 business owners gathered at The Synergy Link at 135 Bounds St. in the capital city on Sept. 17, 2021, to listen to Hope Credit Union Senior Credit Officer Danielle Ware and Vice President Dwight Rawls. Mississippi Black Pages, a statewide platform for Black entrepreneurs to connect for exposure and development, organized the event as part of their monthly series tagged “Network your Net Worth Professional Mixer.”

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In-Depth

Catherine Street Apartment Evictions Paused For Last Time

The Oktibbeha County Chancery Court has given residents like Elecia Brooks one last reprieve from eviction, a move activists hope will give them enough time to secure affordable housing. But larger problems in Mississippi’s housing market loom over the paused evictions.

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