Jim Hood — Dedicated to Mississippi’s Families
—Attorney General Jim Hood
Since his election in 2003, and earlier as a district attorney in North Mississippi, Attorney General Hood has consistently advocated for crime victims and worked to safeguard Mississippi’s most vulnerable citizens – children and the elderly. Now serving his second term in office, Attorney General Hood continues to implement new programs and to expand the successful initiatives begun during his first term.
Attorney General Hood is a passionate champion of children. He has worked tirelessly to prevent children from being abused and exploited, and to rescue those who have already fallen prey to those who do them harm. He founded the nation’s leading Cyber Crime Unit and Fusion Center. Based in the Attorney General’s office, the Cyber Crime Fusion Center is the hub from which state, federal, and local agencies investigate and prosecute internet predators who target children and vulnerable adults.
As a prosecutor, Attorney General Hood has tried more than 100 jury cases while serving as an Assistant Attorney General and as a District Attorney. He has successfully prosecuted several historic cases, including the prosecution and conviction of Edgar Ray Killen for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers. As District Attorney, he also successfully prosecuted death penalty cases, including one which he originally won a conviction, and later, as Attorney General, argued and won an appeal of the case before the United States Supreme Court.
As Attorney General, Jim Hood has established a Vulnerable Adults Unit, a Domestic Violence Unit, an Identity Theft Unit, and a Crime Prevention and Victims Services Division to better protect Mississippians. He has launched initiatives to prevent workplace and school violence, and stalking and domestic assault. Attorney General Hood has developed and distributed numerous publications to assist and educate both consumers and other public service entities in areas such as cyber crime, consumer protection, domestic violence, victims assistance, election, and government law.
After Hurricane Katrina ravaged Mississippi, bringing with it unscrupulous opportunists who victimized citizens, Attorney General Hood worked to strengthen laws to protect consumers, while ceaselessly prosecuting offenders cases of home repair fraud, price gouging, identity theft, and financial scams.
Attorney General Hood has also placed emphasis on protecting the utility ratepayers of Mississippi by ensuring that public utilities that hold monopolies on power operate with the utmost transparency so that consumers are not overcharged. In one such case, Attorney General Hood was forced to file a lawsuit against Entergy Corp., charging the company with with fraud, unjust enrichment, anti-trust violations and other illegal conduct.
Attorney General Hood will continue to fight for better protection for children, senior citizens and consumers in Mississippi. He has been instrumental in developing a national emphasis with other Attorneys General on hazardous counterfeit products, cyber initiatives, and child protective programs.
Attorney General Hood received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in December 1988. After graduation he served as a clerk with the Mississippi Supreme Court, as an Assistant Attorney General, and as District Attorney for the Third Judicial District. He was educated in the public schools of Chickasaw County. He is a fifth generation Mississippian and an avid outdoorsman and hunter. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children – Rebecca, Matthew, and Annabelle.