Miss. – Gov. Phil Bryant announced today that he has appointed Pelicia Hall
commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Hall replaces
Marshall Fisher, who was recently appointed commissioner of the Mississippi
Department of Public Safety. Hall has served as interim MDOC commissioner since
Hall served as Fisher’s chief of staff. In her role as commissioner, Hall will
oversee more than 2,200 employees, three state prisons, three private prisons,
15 regional facilities, 10 community work centers, three technical violation
centers and four restitution centers.
previous experience within the Department of Corrections has made it clear that
she is the perfect choice to lead the agency,” Gov. Bryant said. “I know she
will continue her outstanding service to the people of Mississippi, and I am
delighted she has agreed to accept this appointment.”
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 federal and state courts and
served as both a special assistant United States attorney and as a special
assistant attorney general with the Office of the Mississippi Attorney General.
The MDOC was one of the agencies she represented during her nearly three years
as a state attorney.
assumed the state position after six years with the private Jackson law firm of
Page, Kruger & Holland, where she litigated cases involving personal injury
claims, employment discrimination, contract disputes, products liability,
premises liability, insurance coverage and general tort litigation.
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. Hall clerked two years for Circuit Judge Tomie Green.
graduate of Mississippi College School of Law, Hall was the recipient of the
American Jurisprudence Award in Real Estate Finance & Development. She
earned her bachelor of arts degree from Alcorn State University, where she graduated
cum laude in political science.
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 the American Bar Association.