We know that Mississippi has one of the highest per capita incarceration rates in the world - second highest in the United States. Most of those persons incarcerated in Mississippi's prisons are disproportionately persons of color. Looking around this table, I see only one person of color seated to participate in the decision-making process.
Approximately 61 percent of Mississippi's inmates are black, yet 61 percent of the persons sitting around this table are not. It is unsettling that more persons of color are not at this meeting to help implement new policies that are impacting communities of color.
|photo borrowed from Jeffrey Hess of Mississippi Public Broadcasting|