Mississippi Inmate Search
The Mississippi inmate records are publicly available in accordance with the United States (US) law and consist of both personal information and criminal records of every inmate incarcerated in all the correctional facilities throughout the state. Aside from Mississippi state prisons, other facilities also include county jails, city jails, police jails, private prisons, and detention centers. Records of inmates under the arrest of these facilities may include full name, date of birth, gender, race, arrest records, charges, court date, and more depending on the authority of the requestor.
How do I find an inmate in Mississippi?
Any member of the public run a Mississippi inmate search through the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) website. An individual can opt to find an inmate by directly contacting the facility, or via the Inmate Locator Page on the department’s website. In order to start an online search, individuals will need to supply basic information about the inmate, such as their full name or their inmate ID number. This online tool will filter through the list of inmates within the custody of facilities under MDOC and will show results of all inmates with similar data provided.
Where are Mississippi inmates housed?
State of Mississippi inmates is housed in facilities under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections. These housing facilities are comprised of state, private, and regional institutions. The MDOC website provides users with information on the facility, such as the address, and the contact number of the facility.
Mississippi County Jail
Aside from the Mississippi prison under the DOC, the state correctional system also includes county jails, city jails, and detention centers. These institutions are managed by the county Sheriff’s office or the local law enforcement agencies. Among the county jails in the state, some counties are well known for housing a large number of inmates, such as:
Hinds County Jail
Hinds County has two detention centers – Jackson Detention Center and Raymond Detention Center – and one joint county and state work facility. All these facilities are under the management of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office and overseen by Sheriff Lee D. Vance. The Jackson Detention Center houses an average of 900 inmates a day and houses female and male offenders at a medium-security level. Meanwhile, the Raymond Detention Center which has a total capacity of 600 inmates consisting of male and female offender.
DeSoto County Jail
The DeSoto county jail is known as the DeSoto County Adult Detention Facility and is located in the city of Hernando, Mississippi. Under the management of the county Sheriff’s Department and the supervision of Sheriff Bill Rasco, the jails currently house an average of 400 inmates daily, with a maximum capacity of 430 inmates. The jail has a security level of minimum-maximum and incarcerating both male and female offenders.
Harrison County Jail
Located in the city of Gulfport, Mississippi, the Harrison County Detention Center is a county jail with medium security level housing for both male and female inmates. The Sheriff’s Office of Harrison County, led by Sheriff Troy Peterson is responsible for overseeing this detention center which houses an average of 800 inmates a day.
How do you contact an inmate in Mississippi?
The Mississippi Department of Corrections allows friends and family of inmates to contact prisoners through mail as a way for them to keep in touch with their loved ones. If an inmate wants to reply to the letters, they will need to purchase their stationery supplies, along with envelopes and stamps at the commissary. Letters should always be written in an understandable language with no sexual or violent content. All mail, except legal mail, will be opened and inspected for contraband or for any content that violates the rules and threatens the security of the facility. Letters should always be written on plain white papers along with a plain envelope and does not have any additional decorations.
The address format for sending mail to an inmate in Mississippi state prison is as follow:
Inmate Name, MDOC Number
Current Housing Unit (if known)
P.O. Box or Street Address
City, State, Zip Code
Only inmates are allowed to contact family or friends outside the facility via phone call. Prisoners will need to submit a list of names and phone numbers of those they want to have a phone call with. The list is usually submitted when the detainee first came to the facility. The phone calls are only outgoing collect and prepaid calls through the service provider, Global Tel*Link (GTL).
How to contact the Mississippi Department of Corrections?
The public can contact the Mississippi Department of Corrections through several contact numbers based on the inquiries. The following are the address as well as contact information on the Mississippi DOC:
301 North Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201
MDOC Contact Number for Constituent Services (Inmate Related Matters)
How do you find out the release date of an inmate in Mississippi?
The release date of an inmate can be found using the inmate search tool on the Department of Corrections website. An individual can insert the full name or the inmate ID number of the person they are looking for, and the Department will provide with the user the inmate records stored in their database, which include a release date. If the dates are unavailable or not yet updated, individuals can opt to contact the facility directly and request an inmate record.
Can I send a care package to an inmate in Mississippi?
Care packages are allowed as long as they are from an approved third-party vendor. Some facilities will have a contractual agreement with a vendor near their location to send care packages. Individuals that are interested to send care packages will need to reach out to their facility of interest and inquire them directly on what option they provide.
What can you send inmates in Mississippi prisons?
Sending mail to an inmate in Mississippi
Mississippi inmate is allowed to send and receive emails from friends and family such as letters, photos, books, and magazines (only from approved vendors), and greeting cards. However, the sender should take note that each correctional facility has their own standards and guidelines regarding these items, therefore, it will be the sender’s full responsibility to inquire the rules before proceeding with any mails.
Individuals who are interested to send books to inmates should ask the facility which vendors are on their approved list. Some facilities will have different approved vendors that are closer to their location. Therefore, to prevent the book order from getting declined, it is advisable that individuals contact the institution beforehand.
Sending money to an inmate in Mississippi
Each state inmate will be provided with their own fund account where family and friends can send money for the prisoners to use at the commissary. Inmates housed in an institution with a minimum, medium, maximum, close custody, and death row are only allowed to spend a maximum of $100 a week, while administrative segregation inmates are only allowed to spend $50 in a month. Before an individual can proceed with the money transfer, they will need to know basic information about the inmate such as:
- Inmate Full Name
- Inmate MDOC number
- Current housing location of the inmate
- Inmate’s date of birth (if applicable)
There are several ways to send money to an inmate:
An individual can use MoneyGram or Western Union as a walk-in option to deposit funds into an inmate’s account. The sender can do so by visiting any of their locations, which includes any CVS or Walmart. The deposit will be charged with a fee depending on the company.
Use the received code 1206
Code City: MDOC, MS
Account Number: Inmate’s ID number and last name with no space in between
Attention: Inmate’s first and last name
Various companies provide services that can also be used to deposit money into an inmate’s fund account with a certain charge. An individual can choose any of the company below to proceed with the money deposit:
- OffenderConnect (Facility Site ID: 135)
- Western Union
Alternately, a fund deposit can be done over the phone by using services provided by different companies. These services will charge a certain fee respectively. The individual will have the option to use the deposit service from the following companies:
- JPAY at 1-800-574-5729
- AccessCorrections at 1-866-345-1884
- OffenderConnect at 1-888-988-4768 (Facility Site ID: 135)
How do I apply for Visitation of an inmate in Mississippi?
In order for an individual to be able to apply for visitation, the prisoner will need to list the person down on their visiting list beforehand. Once an individual is successfully listed in an offender’s visiting list, they will be informed by the inmate, either via phone call or mail, of their status and will begin the application process. The visitor application will be mailed to individuals as it is not made available online by the MDOC. Approved visitors will receive a written authorization which should be brought during the visit.
What are the Visitation rules?
Prisons and correctional facilities in Mississippi each have their own regulation and visiting hours. Potential visitors must read, understand, and comply with all the rules given, and set up a scheduled visit prior to the visitation. The list below is just a small fraction of basic guidelines for visitation, to read further individual can access the MDOC website or contact the facility directly.
- Visitors will need to show government-issued photo identification along with their written authorization during every visit.
- Visiting minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times and will need to show their birth certificate during the visit.
- Each facility has its own assigned visitation dates, therefore visiting individuals need to contact the facility for a scheduled visit beforehand.
- Visitors will be subjected to a routine search upon arrival at the facility.