State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $3 million* in state and local funds to Mississippi.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $1,994,605
Justice Assistance Grant Program—19 Local Awards $630,411
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $530,314

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Mississippi FY 2014 JAG Program $1,994,605

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Canton 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $12,342
City of Columbus 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG—Body Camera Project $14,045
City of Greenville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 City of Greenville and Washington County FY 2014 JAG Project $13,087
City of Gulfport 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Gulfport City, Biloxi City, and Harrison County FY 2014 JAG Project $57,615
City of Hattiesburg 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Hattiesburg City and Forrest County Byrne FY 2014 JAG Project $16,598
City of Indianola 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG—Equipment: Taser $13,034
City of Jackson 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Jackson City and Hinds County FY 2014 JAG Project $266,315
City of Laurel 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 Laurel Police Department Vehicle Acquisition Program $13,034
City of Meridian 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Meridian City and Lauderdale County FY 2014 JAG Project $35,750
City of Moss Point 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Moss Point City FY 2014 JAG Project $21,439
City of Pascagoula 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 JAG—Bulletproof Vests $13,140
City of Southaven 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Southaven City, Olive Branch City, and Desoto County FY 2014 JAG Project $34,792
City of Tupelo 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Tupelo City and Lee County FY 2014 JAG Project $15,481
Jackson County Board of Supervisors 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Jackson County FY 2014 JAG Project $21,758
Jones County Board of Supervisors 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $13,832
Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vicksburg 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Vicksburg City and Warren County FY 2014 JAG Project $27,451
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Court Services to the Next Level $14,045
Panola County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 Panola County JAG Application $14,896
Pike County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $11,757

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
18th Judicial District–Jones County Drug Court 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 18th Judicial District—Jones County Drug Court $199,513
Coahoma County Sheriff’s Office 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Coahoma County FY 2014 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program: Planning $100,000
Department of Public Safety 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 2014 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation Funds $50,762
Division of Public Safety Planning 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Mississippi FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $148,110
Mississippi Attorney General 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Mississippi FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $31,929

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 66

Sworn Officers: 2,903

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 71% of the 66 law enforcement agencies in Mississippi have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 28% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Police employee data were not received from the State Police/Highway Patrol/Department of Public Safety. Detail may sum to more than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 14 officers were feloniously killed (2 in 2013) and 13 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 100 officers were assaulted (0.20% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Mississippi:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 7,786 8,214 5.5
Murder and Manslaughter 220 195 -11.4
Forcible Rape* 822 1,645 N/A
Robbery 2,284 2,409 5.5
Aggravated Assault 4,460 4,680 4.9
Property Crime 83,906 81,500 -2.9
Burglary 28,076 24,995 -11.0
Larceny-Theft 51,508 52,117 1.2
Motor Vehicle Theft 4,322 4,388 1.5
*Agencies within this state submitted rape data according to both the revised UCR definition of rape and the legacy UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (72,824) decreased 22.84% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 18.56% (1,404), and property-related arrests decreased 13.00% (8,978).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    Circuit Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    County Court; Municipal Court; Justice Court


Prisoner Admissions: 8,105
Prisoner Releases: 8,201
Total Prisoners: 21,969

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 3 state prisons, 15 regional facilities, 4 private prisons
Recidivism Rate*: 27.7%
Top Offenses: Property, robbery, sex offense (FY 2014)

Source: Mississippi Department of Corrections
*Return to custody within 3 years of release.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC), a RISS Center, serves Mississippi. There are 172 Mississippi criminal justice agencies that are members of ROCIC.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of Mississippi


In Mississippi, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Implementation of 12 new adult and juvenile drug court dockets throughout the state and implementation assistance available through the Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals (MADCP). In addition to certification, MADCP will ensure that the dockets are implemented with fidelity to the national drug court model.

  • Six task forces throughout the state. As part of the state’s strategic plan, 2013 was the last year task forces were funded with Byrne JAG funds.

  • Equipment and technology purchases for 80 small to medium law enforcement agencies. Some of the most common purchases include bulletproof vests, tasers, patrol cars, in-car computers, radios, and repeaters.

  • Implementation of hot-spot policing in the state’s mid-sized high-crime cities. Funds go to the cities of Corinth, Oxford, D’Iberville, and Starkville. This effort is part of a State Administering Agency-driven multiyear funding strategy to help local law enforcement implement evidence-based practices and improve its capacity to use data to address public safety.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Division of Public Safety Planning Captain Donald McCain, Executive Director

Mississippi At-A-Glance

Total Population: 2,991,207
Population Under 18: 737,432
Population Over 65: 416,300

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Mississippi Department of Public Safety Albert Santa Cruz, Commissioner

Local Governments: 983
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 1
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Offices: Felicia C. Adams—Northern District of Mississippi, Oxford Gregory K. Davis—Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Mississippi Office of Homeland Security Everett L. Barnes, Jr., Executive Director

Drug Courts: 49
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center