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The Mississippi Public Records Act (MRPA) is the legislation which ensures public access to state government documents, records, and information. Individual government agencies are deemed responsible to maintain the documents they create and for compliance to the open records law. Exemptions to the law are described in the statute. Cases of a government agency denying a request for public records may be pursued through the Mississippi court system for resolution. Mississippi was admitted to the union on December 10, 1817. and now numbers almost 3 million residents. This entitles Mississippi to send four delegates to the U.S. House of Representatives. The city of Jackson contains the most residents and also serves as the state capital. The state is divided into 82 counties and boasts 24 state parks. Agriculture is the main industry in Mississippi, with cotton having overtaken soybeans as the main crop. Mississippi now hails as the second largest producer of cotton in the nation. Criminal history records checks for the state of Mississippi are handled through the Department of Health. Mississippi public records are maintained by the state and made available for public use. Find directories which link to official government websites, organized to search by city, county, or state. Request birth, death, and other vital records online. Search for Mississippi recorded documents such as criminal records and judicial court case records. Obtain information about local governments, public services offered, and community resources and events. Learn about the demographics which make up the state and see population figures. Find out about gender and ethnic backgrounds of Mississippians who are private business owners in the state. Obtain current housing and real estate data and see property and land valuation information. View Mississippi crime reports and crime statistics. Discover facts and figures regarding state employment income for Mississippi residents and learn about Mississippians education and background histories. Read current news and stories of local interest. Information relative to Mississippi government and state residents is continually updated to ensure current data.

Mississippi Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Mississippi Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

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Questions, Answers and Comments About Mississippi

  • Q: How do you find out if you have a warrant?
    By Mariah
    Jan 16, 2018
    Reply:

    Depending on where the warrant is issued, such as Southhaven MS, the police department's site has an online warrant search.

    By adam12
    Jan 16, 2018

  • Q: How would I find out the status of a person that was arrested about 3 years ago in Mississippi
    By Alana671
    Sep 05, 2017
    Reply:

    There's an inmate incarceration search worth checking if the individual was charged, convicted and sent to prison. Click on "Mississippi Prison and Jail Inmates" link above, and you will land on Mississippi Department of Corrections' search form. You do not need the entire name, just part of the last or first name. The inmate's profile for public view will show an inmates photo, entry date, sentence length/date, tentative release date, description of the inmate and other details.

    By abc123
    Sep 05, 2017

  • Q: I would like to know about myself and of any public records
    By Jennifer
    Jul 06, 2016
    Reply:

    Open public record laws are mostly about what others can find out about you. What the public has a right to know, versus individual privacy protection. When a record has personal information, it would not be deemed public to protect the individual's right to privacy or stricken/kept from the record.

    By admn1
    Jul 26, 2016

  • Q: How to find out if someone owns property
    By cynthia
    May 24, 2016
    Reply:

    Begin with an address search, also known as a "people finders" search. You'll get a list of addresses, from there you can conduct an address reverse search. You will also be able to see any spouses and relatives connected jointly to the same addresses. Let's take DeSoto County Tax Assessor's website for example, which is an open name search. You can also search under possible spouse's names which can turn up even more information.

    By adm
    Jul 05, 2016

  • Q: How can I find out if my brother is in prison or not
    By Pat
    Jun 04, 2016
    Reply:

    The Mississippi Department of Corrections has a free inmate search open to the public.

    By admn1
    Jun 27, 2016

  • Q: I have a case number for an arrest that I would like to look into, is information avaliable via case number
    By Postwrtr
    Apr 30, 2016
    Reply:

    Depends on where the case is, some venues make theirs available to view online, while other do not. The case search above looks up Mississippi court cases, bankruptcies (federal), appellate, district courts... County and lower or Circuit courts have their own searches. Some will have it online making it easy access (such as Adams county), while others do not (such as Claiborne county).

    By adm
    May 16, 2016

  • Q: Where do you find records on child support?
    By Dinno
    Feb 09, 2016
    Reply:

    Any bit of information can be considered record. The Family Support Division, Child Support Enforcement webpage allows a free public search by case ID, last four and date of birth, this can be found on the Missouri department of social services' webpage. Have you been able to get any information from the family courts. which county was this in?

    By steven
    Apr 28, 2016

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Mississippi Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

Mississippi Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Johnathan Chandler
    Johnathan Chandler, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/29/2018. Missing From Cleveland, Ms. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Bolivar County Sheriff's Office (mississippi) 1-662-334-4523.
    September 19, 2018
  • Missing: Dallas Wade
    Dallas Wade, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/31/2018. Missing From Jackson, Ms. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Jackson Police Department (mississippi) 1-601-960-1234.
    September 13, 2018
  • Missing: Preston Lindsey
    Preston Lindsey, Age Now: 18, Missing: 08/20/2018. Missing From Natchez, Ms. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Adams County Sheriff Office (mississippi) 1-601-442-2752.
    September 07, 2018
  • Missing: Emma Mullen
    Emma Mullen, Age Now: 15, Missing: 08/31/2018. Missing From Jackson, Ms. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Jackson Police Department (mississippi) 1-601-960-1234.
    September 06, 2018
  • Missing: Kaiden Jones
    Kaiden Jones, Age Now: 18, Missing: 08/20/2018. Missing From Natchez, Ms. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Adams County Sheriff's Department (mississippi) 1-601-442-2752.
    September 05, 2018
  • Missing: Tieah Nance
    Tieah Nance, Age Now: 14, Missing: 08/18/2018. Missing From Gulfport, Ms. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Gulfport Police Department (mississippi) 1-228-868-5900.
    August 30, 2018

Mississippi Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Mississippi Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Jeffery Garst • Gulfport, Mississippi • 25 Years Old
    October 10, 2017
  • Missing Person • Michael Lee Travers • D’iberville, Mississippi • 51 Years Old
    May 12, 2017
  • Updated: Missing Person • Courtney R. Coleman • Laurel, Mississippi • 26 Years Old
    April 29, 2017
  • Updated: Missing Person • Tina Ferguson • Laurel, Mississippi • 39 Years Old
    April 27, 2017
  • Missing Person • Marvin Anthony Jones Jr. • Biloxi, Mississippi • 30 Years Old
    April 24, 2017
  • Missing Person • Thomas Everett Mazingo • Gulfport, Mississippi • 68 Years Old
    April 24, 2017

Mississippi Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/19/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    8,338
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    258
  • Rape:
    1,058
  • Robbery:
    2,430
  • Aggravated Assault:
    4,592
  • Total Property Crime:
    87,462
  • Burglary:
    24,352
  • Larceny Theft:
    58,591
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    4,519

Mississippi Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    2,967,297
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    2,844,666
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    4%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    122,639
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    2,844,658
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    222,503
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    8%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    767,742
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    26%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    13%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    376,913
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    52%
  • State's white resident population
    1,754,684
  • State's black resident population
    1,098,385
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    15,030
  • State's Asian resident population
    25,742
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    1,187
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    34,107
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    81,481
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    1,722,287
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    59%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    37%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    58%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in Mississippi
  • Births
    46,491
  • Deaths
    28,255
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    467
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    84%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of Mississippi Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    2%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    4%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    79%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    19%
  • Total number of Veterans
    213,101
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in Mississippi
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    24 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    1,282,090
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    120,132
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    10%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    71%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $91,400
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    14%
  • Total number of households
    1,085,836
  • Average size of households
    3
  • Mississippi Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $19,534
  • 2009 statewide income of median households in Mississippi
    $36,764
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    22%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $83,368
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $28,541
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    1,291,949
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    123,396
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    10%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    1,568,063
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    75,391
  • People employed by the government
    279,553
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    55,967,213
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    35,692
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    60,918
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    185,926
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    7,045,097
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Mississippi
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    226,034
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    18%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    27%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    59,869,456
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    23,003,585
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    33,751,407
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    11,552
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Mississippi territory
  • 2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units
    6,995
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    878,465
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    11,456,241
  • Size in square miles of land
    46,907
  • Population per square mile
    63
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