Pelicia Hall was appointed commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections on March 6. Gov. Phil Bryant named her to the position permanently after initially making her interim commissioner in late January.
Hall previously served as chief of staff to then-MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher. She oversees more than 2,000 employees, three state prisons, three private prisons, 15 regional facilities, 10 community work centers, three technical violation centers and four restitution centers.
Hall is former lead counsel for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. She has 15 years of legal experience in the government and private sectors in a wide variety of disciplines.
She has litigated cases in both federal and state courts. She has served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office and as a Special Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Attorney General. The MDOC was one of the state agencies she represented during her nearly three years as a state attorney.
She assumed the state position after six years with the private law firm of Page, Kruger & Holland, and 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.
She learned about both civil and criminal matters as a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi and Hinds County Circuit Court. She clerked two years for Circuit Judge Tomie Green.
She is a graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law, where she was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Real Estate Finance & Development. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Alcorn State University, where she graduated cum laude in political science.
She is admitted to practice in Mississippi and before the United States Court of Appeals and the United States District Court. She is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, National Bar Association, Magnolia Bar Association, Capital Area Bar Association, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, and American Bar Association.
Hall is a Wayne County native who grew up in Shubuta, a small community south of Meridian. She comes from a family of educators and entrepreneurs. Her mother and grandmother taught school for more than 50 years combined, and her great-grandfather also was an educator and a business owner.
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