Mississippi Jail Records
The purpose of this project is to provide transparency regarding the identity of
those incarcerated in Mississippi’s county jails, the length of their incarceration, and the reasons
for their detention. While it is clear that long-term incarceration prior to indictment and
trial is a problem throughout Mississippi, no effort has been made as part of this project
to identify the cause of the delay in any particular case. The reasons for backlog in
Mississippi’s criminal justice system are many and varied, and they are not the same in
each Mississippi county.
Users of this database must take into consideration the following:
- The information contained in the database was provided by Mississippi sheriffs, and no effort has been made to confirm the accuracy of the information provided;
- As revealed in the attached copies, there is no uniform method of reporting jail census information, and there is significant variance in how sheriffs describe criminal charges and/or other reasons for incarceration;
- While the vast majority of people identified in this database are awaiting indictment and/or trial, some are incarcerated for other reasons such as delay in mental health evaluation or treatment, the existence of a “hold” by another jurisdiction, participation in the “trusty program”, or the fact that they have been convicted and are being held in the local jail rather than a state prison;
- It is possible that individuals in this database have been released since the date of the most recent jail list; and
- No new data is available for Copiah and Neshoba Counties in the November 2018 report due to the fact that neither county held a criminal term of court during the data collection period. Despite the requirements of the Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure, Montgomery, Greene, and Clarke Counties failed to provided arrest dates in the jail lists used for the November 2018 report. Montgomery County also failed to provide arrest dates in the jail lists used to create the April 2018 report.