Pelicia E. Hall
Pelicia E. Hall is Mississippi’s first female commissioner of corrections. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed her in March 2017.
She leads one of state government’s largest agencies. She oversees more than 2,000 employees and more than 30 facilities, including three state prisons, three private prisons, 15 regional facilities, 10 community work centers, and two restitution centers. Corrections’ budget for fiscal 2018 is $341.9 million.
Hall served as chief of staff at the Mississippi Department of Corrections two years before her appointment. She came to corrections after serving as lead counsel for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. She took the MBN job after having represented the state for three years as a Special Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Mississippi Attorney General.
Hall began her government career after six years with the private law firm of Page, Kruger & Holland, P.A. in Jackson, where she litigated cases involving personal injury claims, employment discrimination, contract disputes, products liability, premises liability, insurance coverage, and general tort litigation.
Hall has nearly 20 years of legal experience in the government and private sectors in a wide variety of disciplines. She is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts.
Before litigating cases on both the state and federal levels, she was a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi and the Hinds County Circuit Court.
Hall is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the National Bar Association, Magnolia Bar Association, Capital Area Bar Association, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, American Correctional Association, Association of State Correctional Administrators, and Association of Women Executives in Corrections, where she serves on the board of directors.
Hall earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Mississippi College School of Law and a Bachelor of Art degree from Alcorn State University, where she majored in political science/pre-law.
The Metro Jackson Black Women Lawyers Association recognized Hall as a Legal Trailblazer in 2017. She is a proud native of Shubuta, MS in Wayne County.
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