As of September 2020, the Mississippi Department of Corrections has confirmed at least 601 positive COVID-19 cases within Department custody and privately operated prisons across the state. To date, no actions have been taken by the Governor or Department of Corrections to release people from prisons to slow the spread of coronavirus in prisons and in the community. 

Sources

1. Calculated using the Mississippi Department of Corrections Monthly Fact Sheet as of February 3, 2020, including the custody population plus “other custody,” “at large custody” and “hospital/medical” groups and  the U.S. Census Bureau estimate of Mississippi’s 2019 population. This excludes individuals on house arrest or ISP.

2. Calculated using the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Weekly Count total inside custody population on February 3, 2020 and the U.S. Census Bureau estimate of Oklahoma’s 2019 population. This excludes the county jail back-up and individuals housed outside of facilities or on GPS.