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For-profit college rules stir fierce debate

Oct 31, 2014

The new for-profit college rules announced this week by the U.S. Department of Education have elicited vehement detractors from both sides of the debate, who believe that the regulations either go too far or don’t go...

Special education too often leads to jail

Oct 25, 2014

GRENADA – Cody Beck was 12-years -old when he was handcuffed in front of several classmates and put in the back of a police car outside of Grenada Middle School. Cody had lost his temper in an argument with another...

Prison is 'college of criminality'

Oct 20, 2014


One in four white males born in Mississippi will go to college. One in three of their black male counterparts will go, instead, to prison.

Both will get an education.

For $18,385 a year — which...

New coalition tries to reignite Medicaid debate in state

Oct 14, 2014

JACKSON – It may be nothing more than tilting at windmills, but a coalition announced recently a new effort to get the Legislature to expand Medicaid in Mississippi.

The MS Left Me Out coalition, which...

Mississippi students learn about real-life 'superhero"

Oct 09, 2014

The Mississippi Center for Justice is distributing copies of a new graphic novel on the life of Congressman John Lewis to 4,000 students on the Coast, Delta and the capital city.

The deed coincides with Lewis...

Poverty rates down, but still higher than at recession’s depths

Sep 16, 2014

The nation’s poverty rate dropped over the last year for the first time since 2006, according to Census Bureau figures released Tuesday. But the number of Americans living at or below the poverty line remains at...

Southern states create a new face of AIDS

Sep 15, 2014

New Yorker Deadra Malloy was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, but she remained healthy for so long she wasn’t completely convinced she was positive. When she finally started getting sick in 2006, she decided to embrace...

How for-profit colleges rip off students

Sep 01, 2014

Editor's note: Whitney Barkley serves as staff attorney at the Mississippi Center for Justice, where her work focuses on monitoring for-profit colleges. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of...

No welfare cut for kids if parent tests for drugs

Aug 18, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi children would not lose welfare if a parent’s benefits are cut off because of positive tests for illegal drugs, according to rules set by the state Department of Human Services....

Lawmakers await feds’ move to repair payday lending flaws

Aug 11, 2014

The chairs of Mississippi’s legislative committees with jurisdiction over payday loans concede the state’s 2012 Check Cashing Act may need some repairs. But with the federal government set to take control of payday...