Public Safety and Criminal Justice

Public safety is essential for a society to thrive and prosper, which is why Governor Reeves has made the safety of Mississippians and criminal justice reform top priorities throughout his time serving our state.

From fighting to improve benefits for law enforcement officers to reforming Mississippi’s prison system, Governor Reeves is committed to fostering an environment to provide for the safety of all Mississippians and the human dignity of all within the system.

Governor Reeves also believes every Mississippian has the right to bear arms and protect his or her family, which is why he has always been a strong, steady advocate for protecting Second Amendment rights in Mississippi. As long as he is in office, Governor Reeves will fight against any efforts to limit Mississippians’ right to protect their loved ones.


Press releases:


State of Mississippi Moving Forward with Housing Solutions for March 24th Tornado Survivors

May 1, 2023

JACKSON, Miss. – The State of Mississippi has been approved for direct housing assistance from FEMA to provide Transportable Temporary Housing Units (TTHUs) and other forms of housing for residents displaced due to the March 24th tornadoes. Roughly 250 survivors in the designated counties (Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe, Montgomery, Panola, and Sharkey) are currently eligible for direct housing assistance. FEMA personnel are calling qualified applicants regarding their eligibility and moving forward with the next steps of this temporary housing process.


Governor Reeves Signs Bills Strengthening Public Safety in Mississippi’s Capital City

April 21, 2023

JACKSON, Miss. – Governor Tate Reeves today announced he signed House Bill 1020, Senate Bill 2343, House Bill 795, and Senate Bill 2101 which strengthen public safety in Mississippi’s capital city, Jackson.


Governor Reeves Signs Bill Expanding Blackout Tags Supporting LEO/Fire Fighters Death Benefits Trust Fund

April 12, 2023

JACKSON, Miss. – Governor Tate Reeves today announced that he signed Senate Bill 2841 which expands the popular “blackout” tag and allows for generic usage of the tag for all Mississippians without requiring customization of characters on the plate.


Governor Reeves Issues State of Emergency Following Severe Storms

April 4, 2023

JACKSON, Miss. – Governor Tate Reeves today issued a State of Emergency for Pontotoc, DeSoto, Tishomingo, Lee, and Tunica Counties as well as other areas of the state affected by the severe storms which occurred across northern Mississippi beginning on March 31, 2023 and continuing through April 1, 2023.

The storms resulted in the death of one Mississippi resident. Current assessments show that 182 homes, 8 businesses, and 6 farms were damaged during the storms.


Governor Reeves Directs Mississippi Departments and Agencies to Ban TikTok from Government Devices

January 11, 2023

Governor Tate Reeves issued a directive to Mississippi departments and agencies banning TikTok from all state-issued government devices and the state’s network. The directive was announced in a letter from Governor Reeves to Mississippi department and agency heads. Governor Reeves issued the directive to better safeguard sensitive information and protect critical infrastructure from TikTok.

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