Russ Latino of Empower MS discusses criminal reform bills

On the last day to veto bills passed during the 2020 Mississippi Legislative Session, Governor Tate Reeves decided to veto two criminal justice reform bills—Senate Bill 2123 and House Bill 658. SB 2123 would have allowed inmates convicted of the least serious crimes after June 30, 1995 to be eligible for parole after serving 25 … Continue reading “Russ Latino of Empower MS discusses criminal reform bills”

Empower MS President discusses Gov. Reeves’ decision to veto SB 2123

On Wednesday night, Governor Tate Reeves vetoed Senate Bill 2123, or the “Mississippi Correctional Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2020.” SB 2123 would have allowed inmates convicted of the least serious crimes after June 30, 1995 to be eligible for parole after serving 25 percent of their sentence or 10 years—whichever comes first. Empower Mississippi, … Continue reading “Empower MS President discusses Gov. Reeves’ decision to veto SB 2123”

Robertson: HB 1377 & SB 2123 look to reform prisons

As criminal justice reform continues to be a statewide issue, there are a couple of bills regarding the topic circulating throughout the state capitol. “House Bill 1377 and Senate Bill 2123 that look to address this very issue,” James Robertson of Empower Mississippi said. “The idea behind these bills is it would allow people to … Continue reading “Robertson: HB 1377 & SB 2123 look to reform prisons”

Empower Mississippi is reimagining education

Recently, Empower Mississippi released Unleash Mississippi, a new white paper with policy recommendations for reimagining education and work in a post-coronavirus world. On Tuesday morning, the president of Empower, Grant Callen, joined The Gallo Show to talk about the education portion of Unleash Mississippi. “Any time you have a big industry, change is hard,” Callen … Continue reading “Empower Mississippi is reimagining education”

Are You Wearing Blue Today?

Elyse Marcellino(Director of Education Policy Empower Mississippi) and Jennifer Byrd(Mother of Autistic child from Seminary) on the impact of ESAs and how the needs of kids with Autism are met through Empower Mississippi. If you missed their conversation with JT, you can find it here – Brittany Bell(Director of the Spectrum Academy at New Summit School) stopped … Continue reading “Are You Wearing Blue Today?”