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:


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.


Governor Tate Reeves Releases Fiscal Year 2024 Executive Budget Recommendation

November 15, 2022

Governor Tate Reeves today released his Fiscal Year 2024 Executive Budget Recommendation. The Budget Recommendation highlights an agenda focused on fueling Mississippi’s economic engine, strengthening education and equipping Mississippi’s workforce with the skills needed to live fulfilling lives, heightening efforts to protect Mississippians and combat crime, and building a culture of life that makes it easier to raise a family.


Governor Tate Reeves Statement on Jackson Water Crisis

October 28, 2022

After consultation with the leadership of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi State Department of Health, I am extending the State of Emergency regarding Jackson’s water system until November 22, 2022.


Governor Tate Reeves Announces Appointment for 19th Chancery Court District of Mississippi

July 23, 2020

Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced his appointment of Judge Billie J. Graham as Chancery Court Judge of the 19th Chancery Court District of Mississippi. Having served in a variety of legal roles throughout her career, from solo practitioner to Justice Court Judge, Judge Graham has an extensive history of fighting for Mississippi children and families.


Governor Tate Reeves Announces 3rd Circuit Court District Appointment

July 21, 2020

Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced his appointment of Kent E. Smith as circuit judge for the 3rd Circuit Court District, Place 3. Having extensive legal experience in Mississippi as well as Alabama and Tennessee and across court levels, Smith is a battle-tested leader ready to step up to the bench.

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