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 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.


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.

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