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Mississippi capital to revamp how it notifies next of kin about deaths with Justice Department help

Posted on AllSides April 4th, 2024
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JACKSON, Miss. — After men near Mississippi’s capital were buried in a pauper’s cemetery without their relatives’ knowledge, the U.S. Justice Department will help the city’s police revamp policies for performing next-of-kin death notifications. The intervention follows the discovery that seven men were buried in unmarked graves without their families’ knowledge. At least three of those men were Black. In Jackson, 80% of the population is Black. Federal officials are stepping in to ensure the notification procedures employed by the Jackson Police Department and Hinds County Coroner’s Office comply with...

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