WTOK – Wicker: Farm bill fosters free trade

COMMERCIAL APPEAL – Phil Bryant: Bold action needed for criminal justice reform

I spoke at the first Mississippi Summit on Criminal Justice Reform on Tuesday about the need to invest in proven public safety strategies.

Those in attendance heard similar testimonials from legislators, judges, law enforcement officials, and families impacted by incarceration, all of whom are ready to see Mississippi take the next step on criminal justice reform.

There is no doubt we have made important progress in recent years. Mississippi’s prison population was at an all-time high when I took office, and I’m proud of the changes we’ve made to reduce the prison population while maintaining strong public safety.

Since the historic overhaul of our sentencing laws in 2014, we’ve experienced declines in both crime and imprisonment rates. But there is still work to be done.

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WXXV – Senator Michael Watson running for Secretary of State

Today, members of the Ocean Springs Lions Club had lunch with state Senator Michael Watson. Watson has his eyes set on becoming secretary of state.

District 51 State Senator Michael Watson grew up in Pascagoula and graduated from Ole Miss. He feels the Gulf Coast needs more representation at the state level. “It is important for the Coast to understand we need a bigger voice on the state-wide level and this is a great opportunity for us to have that. Having someone elected to secretary of state’s office would be really good for the Coast.”

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