Jacque Purnell is an Assistant District Attorney assigned to prosecute sexual assault, rape, and child abuse cases in Madison and Rankin Counties. An experienced prosecutor, Jacque began her legal career with the Mississippi Department of Human Services as a child support attorney in Clay and Webster Counties. She served as Assistant District Attorney from 1996 until 2001 for the 16th Judicial District, which includes the counties of Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee and Oktibbeha. There, she received trial experience while prosecuting cases including aggravated assault, arson, burglary, drugs, embezzlement, child abuse, violation of quarantine order, and sexual assault. Jacque also served as Assistant District Attorney in Hinds County, from 2002 thru 2007, where she began to focus almost exclusively on sexual assault and child abuse cases.
Jacque has taught classes at the Jackson Police Academy concerning sexual assault and abuse cases, and also assisted in courtroom training for SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurses. She is a member of the Madison County Multi-Disciplinary Team, the Rankin County Multi-Disciplinary Team, and SART (Sexual Assault Response Team). A member of the Mississippi Bar and the National District Attorneys Association, Jacque also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Prosecutors Association.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi in 1992 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1995. She attended the National Crimes Against Children Conference, coordinated by the Dallas Police Department and Children’s Advocacy Center, in 2006 and 2007 and has also received specialized training in internet crimes involving children, physical abuse and child fatalities, and expert medical testimony.