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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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‘It Broke My Heart’: St. Dominic’s Debt Collectors’ Tactics Cause Lasting Damage

Debt collectors are supposed to mirror the values of St. Dominic, a nonprofit hospital in Jackson that says access to affordable healthcare is the community’s most urgent need. But an investigation found that their contract debt collectors often sue Mississippians in low-wage industries and garnish their wages, tacking on expensive attorney’s fees, court costs and interest rates.

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