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Wed. Jan 16th: Reena Evers-Everett

Air date 01/16/12

1 - Mississippi officials are adopting a system created by a national non-profit organization to measure how much benefit each dollar of public spending creates.  The House and Senate Appropriations Committees heard a presentation on the plan called Results First on Tuesday. The program is being tested in the Criminal Justice and Corrections areas before being expanded into other areas.  Gary VanLandingham is with the Pew Center For the States. He talked to MPB's Jeffrey Hess about the program, which is already in place in some other states.

 
2 - The number of Mississippians in prison continues to rise, in spite of a slight decrease nationally. The Department of Corrections says they saw an increase of over 700 inmates in 2012, and the number has gone up by more than a thousand since 2010.  Chris Epps is Commissioner of the Department of Corrections. He says he finds Mississippi's incarceration rate troubling.
 
3 - It was almost 50 years ago when civil rights worker Medgar Evers was gunned down in front of his Jackson home. In the house that night with the rest of her family was daughter Reena - 8 years old at the time. Now Reena Evers-Everett, she joins us to talk about the events of that night, and how they shaped her life and work.


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