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Shirley Smith's Work

Mississippi corrections officials are putting the lives of approximately 6,000 inmates housed at the state’s two largest prisons at risk by failing to protect them from the deadly COVID-19 virus, a federal lawsuit alleges.

By not expanding Medicaid, Mississippi is hurting uninsured people with mental illness, many of whom often end up in jail or psychiatric wards, and putting medical providers at risk, some say. Others say expansion would only pump money into a broken mental health system.

Mississippi's convoluted mental health care system is hurting people with mental illness and those who care for them.