Mississippi profile

The graphs on this page are from our 50 State Incarceration Profiles.


Change over time

graph showing the number of people in state prison and local jails per 100,000 residents in Mississippi from 1978 to 2015

More than half of the people held in jails in Mississippi are held for federal or state agencies, primarily the state prison system.To avoid counting them twice, this population is not included in the yellow jails line. For annual counts of people in jails held for federal or state authorizes in Mississippi, see our table "Jail and prison incarcerated populations by state over time."

Also see these Mississippi graphs:


Racial disparities

2010 graph showing incarceration rates per 100,000 people of various racial and ethnic groups in Mississippi

racial and ethnic disparities between the prison/jail and general population in MS as of 2010

See also our detailed graphs about Whites, Hispanics, and Blacks in Mississippi prisons and jails.

The relatively high proportion of Hispanics incarcerated in Mississippi is due largely to the Adams County Correctional Center, a Corrections Corporation of American facility that contracts with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to hold immigration detainees.


The big picture

Pie chart showing that 21,000 Mississippi residents are locked up in federal prisons, state prisons, local jails and other types of facilities

Pie chart showing that 65,000 Mississippi residents are in various types of correctional facilities or under criminal justice supervision on probation or parole

Graph showing the number of people in Mississippi jails who were convicted and the number who were unconvicted, for the years 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1999, 2005, and 2013.

This graph excludes people held for state or federal authorities from the total count of people held in Mississippi jails. Because a tremendous proportion (48%) of the population in Mississippi’s jails is held for the state prison system, this graph likely overstates the convicted population and understates the pre-trial population.


Other research and materials on Mississippi

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