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Mississippi Says Poor Defendants Must Always Have a Lawyer. Few Courts Are Ready to Deliver.

In April, the Mississippi Supreme Court changed the rules for state courts to require that poor criminal defendants have a lawyer throughout the sometimes lengthy period between arrest and indictment. The goal is to eliminate a gap during which no one is working on a defendant’s behalf. That mandate went into effect Saturday. But few of the state’s courts have plans in place to change their procedures in a way that is likely to accomplish what the justices intended.

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A stock image of a doctor's hands with blue gloves pointing at an EKG scan with a pencil, along with a stethoscope and opened pill bottle. Mississippians need access to cardiovascular disease treatments.
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Mississippians Need Open Access to Life-Saving Cardiovascular Treatments

“Nearly one-third of Mississippians live with high cholesterol,” cardiologist Dr. Kevin Hall writes, warning that insurance companies are statistically more likely to deny life-saving medications for Black and hispanic cardiovascular-disease patients, especially women. Hall, a Tupelo, Miss., native, encourages Mississippians to practice preventative care with regular screenings, to educate themselves further on risk factors and to consider effective prescription access for better patient outcomes.

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