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In Legal Terms: Public Defender System Reforms

What’s the crime rate in Mississippi? What if you’re charged but can’t afford an attorney? What if you commit a crime and you’re a juvenile? Our guest André de Gruy, State Public Defender gives us some answers.


  • violent crime rate
  • homiside rate
  • state funded public defender's office
  • other states
  • counties
  • reforms
  • reform to juvenile habitual defenders
  • life in prision without parole for juveniles


  • what is the rate
  • biggest offenders
  • plan
  • due process

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In Legal Terms: Family Law Task Force

Mississippi Family Law could be changing. There’s a task force considering reforms. We’ll learn what needs to be reformed and what some possible options are with our guest Judge Troy Odom. Odom who was a guest on our show 08112020 to talk about the Chancery Court.,%20domestic%20relations.phpThe Task Force, composed of judges, attorneys, child advocates, and law professors, will study models used by other states for child support, child care, and support expenses and will analyze current trends of law regarding no-fault divorce, child support payments past the age of majority for disabled children, and costs for guardians ad litem who represent the best interests of children.The 2021 Legislature established a task force to study Mississippi’s domestic relations laws and to develop recommendations to the Legislature and the Mississippi Supreme Court for the purpose of revising Mississippi’s domestic relations laws and rules of court. Our guest is Judge Troy Odom a member of that task force.In Legal Terms has talked about Family Law before. You can find our broadcasts about: Divorce and Money 051121 Laws affecting Children 030320 031720 and taxes 031020 Custody 021919 2018