Mississippi’s imprisonment rate of 584 per 100,000 residents makes it the highest imprisoning state in the country.
After reaching a 20-year low at the end of 2021, a dramatic reduction in the use of parole caused Mississippi's prison population to grow by more than 2,500 people from January 2022 to January 2023. Today, more than 19,000 people are in Mississippi prisons.
People in Mississippi's local jails spend an average of 176 days or nearly six months incarcerated before trial, compared to a national average length of stay of 28 days. Mississippi taxpayers spend an estimated $90 million each year to incarcerate people pretrial.
One in 13 state residents, or over 182,000 individuals, have a felony conviction, each with hundreds of hidden consequences such as excessive fines and fees, bans on employment, and the loss of voting rights.