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Zakiya Summers on the House floor

White-Appointed Court, State Police For Majority-Black Jackson Goes to Governor

Jackson residents who commit local misdemeanor offenses could soon appear before an unelected, Mississippi Supreme Court-appointed municipal judge from any part of the State after the Mississippi Legislature sent the final version of House Bill 1020 to Gov. Tate Reeves’ desk. If signed, the bill would take some authority away from elected judges and prosecutors over the 83% Black city’s capitol district.

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The outside steps of the capitol building
MFP Voices

Interfaith Leaders Holding Prayer Vigil in Capitol Rotunda on House Bill 1020

“Because Mississippi’s future prosperity depends on the success of Jackson, we encourage state leaders to put aside racial, class and partisan bias, seek solutions emerging from all Jacksonians—especially the most vulnerable citizens—while putting your respective faith traditions and moral principles into action,” interfaith leaders write.  

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