All types of law enforcement create Mississippi inmate records as they move an offender through the justice system. The process begins when a suspect is arrested, and the local police or Sheriff's Office fills out a RAP sheet. The RAP sheet contains the offender's name, address, crime details, and usually a mug shot. After that everything that happens in the inmate's life is recorded and added to the file. The Mississippi Department of Corrections is the agency in charge of storing and maintaining inmate records. They keep them in a centralized database making an inmate search quick and easy.
Finding someone in a Mississippi jail or prison is very easy. The state's Department of Corrections keeps all prison information in one massive database making it easy to lookup an inmate in a Mississippi state prison or jail. Just follow the instructions below:
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The Mississippi prison system is pretty straightforward and has only a few types of facilities and programs. Housing about 29,000 prisoners, Mississippi ranks much higher than the national average. The Mississippi Department of Corrections oversees and manages all prison facilities and programs. The Commissioner, Pelicia E. Hall was appointed by the Governor, Phil Bryant in March of 2017. They work closely together, supervising the entire prison system. The facilities and programs that make up the system include:
Mississippi has only three state prisons to house felons for long-term stays. Only one of the state facilities house youth offenders and women (CMCF). The state also has fifteen regional facilities that house long and short-term stay inmates. Mississippi contracts with three private prisons for additional beds and supports. One of the state prisons also serves as a youth detention center. Two federal prisons reside in the state of Mississippi. The Department of Corrections also observes seventy "approved" county jails and dozens of "unapproved." The entire system, except for federal prisons, is overseen by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Mississippi’s prison system holds 19,192 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 11,050 residents are held in state prisons, 24 in juvenile correctional facilities, and 5,040 in local jails.
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The state of Mississippi has only three state prisons. They house inmates on death row, youth offenders, long-term stay prisoners, and both male and female offenders. The three state prisons in Mississippi are:
The Department of Corrections has a Mississippi inmate locator right on their website. Performing a Mississippi state prison inmate search is easy following the steps below:
The state of Mississippi also has two federal prisons to house inmates who have violated federal laws. These facilities are overseen and managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The two facilities are:
The process for finding someone in a Mississippi federal prison is different than with state-run facilities. All federal prisons are managed and operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB), so anyone searching for an inmate in a Mississippi federal prison must contact them directly. The FOB does have a Mississippi inmate locator feature on their website. They also have a page for each facility with contact details, information on visitation and sending money, gifts, and phone calls.
Mississippi has seventy approved county jails and dozens of other unapproved jails. The approved jails work with the Department of Corrections holding prisoners when needed. This arrangement is to prevent overcrowding. The list of approved county jails includes:
Because these jails are integrated with the Mississippi Department of corrections, anyone wanting to perform a Mississippi jail inmate search can follow these instructions below:
The Central Mississippi Correctional Facility has a separate unit called the Youthful Offender Unit (YOU) which houses youth offenders, under the age of 18. It was opened in 2012. Along with supervision and rehabilitation, it offers "Academic Classes, Vocational Programs, Mental Health Counseling, Psychological and Psychiatric Services in a group and individual basis, Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Social Services, Religious and Recreational Services."
Juvenile inmate records are sealed in Mississippi until the offender reaches the age of 18. Then the offender has the option of applying to have their records expunged. However, family, friends, and other interested parties may contact the Mississippi Department of Corrections directly or the facility to get information on someone housed there.
Mississippi also contracts with three private prison facilities to help alleviate overcrowding and shave off some of the responsibility of supervising so many inmates. The private prison facilities used in Mississippi are:
The Mississippi Department of Corrections is the entity responsible for all prisoners in the state. They keep a central repository of information making Mississippi inmate searches easy. Simply follow the instructions below to find an inmate located in a Mississippi private prison:
Mississippi has another fifteen regional correctional facilities that house most of the inmates in the state. These facilities are located in different counties holding both short-term pretrial inmates and sentenced offenders. The list of regional correctional facilities in Mississippi consists of:
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All correctional facilities fall under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. Therefore, the process for finding a Mississippi inmate in a regional correctional facility is the same as for finding one in state prison. Follow the instructions below:
Approximately 29,000 people are incarcerated in Mississippi. Most of them (19,000) are in state prison or regional correctional facilities. Seventy-five hundred are in local jails. Twenty-one hundred reside in federal prison, and about 240 are in youth detention. The percentage of people in Mississippi prisons due to drug charges is 36.44%. Almost as many (36.27%) are there for non-violent offenses. Only 3.72% of inmates in Mississippi committed sex crimes. However, 23.57% have committed violent acts.
Mississippi’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 624, which is higher than an average incarceration rate by 39%. The number of Mississippi prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 19,192, from which 7% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 17,823 in 2016.
The state of Mississippi also contracts with some outside facilities to provide housing and rehabilitation services to inmates needing support for addictions, parenting, mental health issues, and work placement. Some units of their state-run facilities offer reentry and transitional housing as well for inmates nearing their release date. These centers help inmates to find housing, jobs, and re-integrate back into society before being released.
Mississippi has dozens of parole offices throughout the states. The Mississippi State Parole Board has full authority to decide whether or not a prisoner is granted parole. If the inmate has behaved well and they do not pose a danger to society, they may be released early on parole. If they are, they still have to comply with strict rules and be supervised by a parole officer. If they violate any of the parole board's rules, they will go back to prison.
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|State Parole Population:||8,645|
|Change in 2016:||2%|
A judge in Mississippi has the option of ordering probation instead of prison for low-risk offenders. This means the person is free to resume normal life but with stipulations such as checking in with a parole officer, agreeing to routine drug tests and other things. If they do not comply with even one of these items, they will immediately be arrested and sent to prison.
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|State Probation Population:||29,067|
|Change in 2016:||-20%|