The state of Mississippi has an odd arrangement for their county jails. First, there are seventy county jails in Mississippi, which are approved by the Department of Corrections (DOC). Then there are dozens of other town jails which are not approved by the DOC. This arrangement works to assist with overcrowding as the Department of Corrections often uses beds in one of the approved jails to house prison inmates when there is no room.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections is the government agency in charge of all correctional facilities (except those unapproved jails and federal facilities), and they maintain, store and create Mississippi county jail inmate records. Using the integrated inmate locator on their website, anyone can easily conduct a Mississippi county jail inmate search at any time.
There are seventy approved jails in Mississippi and dozens of local town jails which are unapproved by the DOC. The seventy approved county jails in the state of Mississippi include:
There are seventy-five hundred inmates in local county jails in Mississippi. The earliest jails in Mississippi date back to the early-mid 1700s. The first prison in Mississippi was built in Natchez in 1789.
Roughly 62% of the inmates are Black, 36.45% are White, 1.01% are Hispanic, and the rest are other races. More than forty-one percent have committed non-violent offenses which landed them in jail. Another 38% of Mississippi prisoners were charged with drug offenses, 15.72 did commit violent crimes, and an alarming 4.36% are in jail due to sex crimes.