Prison Overcrowding: Mississippi

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Mississippi’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s corrections system, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures FY 2008

DOC COSTS

  • Annual costs – $3.8 billion
  • Share of general fund – 6.4%
  • Average annual cost per inmate – $16,600

DOC STAFF and POPULATION

  • Total department active personnel – 3,000
  • Total number of facilities – 20
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction – 24,784
  • Prisons compete with private-industry – Yes

Organization of state divisions, view here.

PAROLE

  • Officers – 272
  • Population – 5,343
  • Offense
    • Drug – 3,319
    • Property – 1,385
    • Violent – 638

 OVERCROWDING QUICK FACTS

  • One in 38 adult Mississippians is either behind bars or under correctional supervision; in 1982 the figure was 1 in 105 adults.

POINTS OF CONTACT

Mailing Address
723 N. President Street
Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 359-5600

Organization of DOC Executive Staff, view here.

HELPFUL LINKS

Mississippi Department of Corrections
Mississippi DOC 2008 Annual Report

See also:

Missouri Prison Overcrowding