Mississippi’s imprisonment rate of 653 per 100,000 residents makes it the second-highest imprisoning state in the country.
Over 2,500 individuals are in prison today, many for minor offenses, with no chance at parole due to the state’s harsh “three-strikes” law.
Since December 2019, more than 70 people have died in Mississippi prisons. Many of these deaths have been caused by preventable illness, inadequate medical care, and deteriorating prison conditions.
Eight in ten Mississippi voters, from both parties, said it was either important or very important to reduce the number of people in jail or prison.