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Pelicia E. Hall

Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall

Pelicia E. Hall, the first female corrections commissioner in Mississippi, has led the Mississippi Department of Corrections since 2017. She was chief of staff at the MDOC before Gov. Phil Bryant appointed her in March 2017. She manages a $340.8 million budget and about 2,000 employees in a prison system with 36 facilities, including six prisons and 15 regional jails. She is reputed as a progressive corrections administrator in a state nationally known for criminal justice reform.

Commissioner Hall has about 20 years of legal experience in the government and private sectors. She came to corrections after serving as lead counsel for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and as a special assistant attorney general with the Office of the Mississippi Attorney General.

Commissioner Hall began her government career after six years with the private law firm of Page, Kruger & Holland, P.A. in Jackson. Before litigating cases, she was a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi and the Hinds County Circuit Court.

Commissioner Hall, a proud native of Shubuta in Wayne County, earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Mississippi College School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alcorn State University.

Commissioner Hall is professionally affiliated with a number of organizations including 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, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, where she is chair of the Recruitment and Retention Committee, and Association of Women Executives in Corrections, where she serves as vice president.

Commissioner Hall is one of the 2019 Women of Distinction Honorees of the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi. She was recognized as a Legal Trailblazer in 2017 by the Metro Jackson Black Women Lawyers Association. The Metro-Jackson Alcorn Alumni Chapter Inc. honored her one of the Leading Alcornites Under 50 in August 2018, and she received the Professional Achievement Award from the National Alumni Association in 2019.

There are eight offices that report directly to the Commissioner:
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