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About Mississippi Open Public Records
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.
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  • How would I find out the status of a person arrested about three years ago in Mississippi?
    There's an inmate incarceration search worth checking if the individual was charged, convicted, and sent to prison. Click on the "Mississippi Prison and Jail Inmates" link below, and you will land on the Mississippi Department of Corrections search form. You do not need the full name, just part of the last or first name. The inmate's profile for public view will show an inmate's photo, entry date, sentence length/date, tentative release date, description of the inmate, and other details.
  • How do I find out about myself and of any of my public records in Mississippi?
    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.
  • How do I find in Mississippi, if someone owns property?
    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.
  • How would I find information in Mississippi, if I have the case number of the arrest?
    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).
  • Where do I find in Mississippi, records on child support?
    Any bit of information can be considered a 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?
  • How do I see if someone has any civil lawsuits pending in Mississippi?
    It depends on the county and how many you need to search. Bankruptcy records are not the county so they will be their search. From this page, you can quickly check federal, appellate, and bankruptcies dating back to 2014. Go to the case search above and input the names/keywords.
  • Where can I find in Mississippi the criminal record of an individual?
    You can search for criminal cases filed in circuit courts. Depending on the county, you can search online freely, similar to the one on Lafayette county court's website. Go to the county webpage in Lafayette; for example, you can click on https://lafayettems.com/circuit-clerk/That will take you to the court's official page; you can see the link, which will search cases on that page.
  • Where can I find in Mississippi, open warrants as of April 11th, 2015?
    Warrants are issued by courts and then given to law enforcement. Some law enforcement sites show a warrants/wanted list for public view. Mostly, it depends on where or in which county the warrant is issued. Both the courts and police/sheriff departments have records divisions with their services listed.
  • Where can I find in Mississippi, access to a copy of a my police arrest report, where charges have all been dismissed due to no evidence?
    The process in which to request arrest reports depend on the department that made the arrest. Individual police departments will tell you how to request different types of police reports on their site or on the phone through their records department.
  • Where can I find in Mississippi, access to and copies of arrests, and criminal records?
    Arrest records and criminal records are not the same. Criminal records are generally post conviction, while arrests alone do not necessarily mean that the case will result in a conviction. Arrest reports are produced by the arresting department/officer. Arrest reports are requested by the arrestee, attorneys involved in the case such as the prosecutor, public defender or a private practice defense attorney. Law enforcement agencies can request arrest reports also, however, they will generally rely on a report that shows a compilation of arrests in the person’s history, commonly called “RAP sheets” (Record of Arrest and Prosecution). Arrest reports are not that different from incident reports. You can go to that department’s website and request reports online.
Mississippi Free Public Records Directory

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

Mississippi Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    8,272
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    332
  • Rape:
    747
  • Robbery:
    1,700
  • Aggravated Assault:
    5,493
  • Total Property Crime:
    70,707
  • Burglary:
    18,660
  • Larceny Theft:
    46,300
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    5,747
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
  • 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
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