skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 66855 Find in a Library
Title: MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS - SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT - COMPARATIVE DATA SURVEY - SEVEN SOUTHERN STATES
Author(s): C D PURVIS; S K C MARTIN
Corporate Author: Mississippi Dept of Corrections
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Mississippi Dept of Corrections
Jackson, MS 39202
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE BUDGET AND OFFENDER DATA FOR MISSISSIPPI AND SIX OTHER STATES (ARKANSAS, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, OKLAHOMA, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND TENNESSEE) ARE COMPARED BY THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.
Abstract: MISSISSIPPI'S OFFENDER POPULATION IS 9,779, BUT ITS COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INSTITUTIONAL OPERATING BUDGETS ARE COMPARABLE TO THOSE OF ARKANSAS, WHICH HAS THE SMALLEST OFFENDER POPULATION (5,318) OF THOSE SURVEYED. MISSISSIPPI'S TOTAL BUDGET PER OFFENDER SURPASSES ONLY THAT OF SOUTH CAROLINA. PERSONNEL COSTS CONSTITUTE A MAJOR PORTION OF MOST BUDGETS. MISSISSIPPI'S INMATE/OFFICER RATIO IS 6.6 TO 1, COMPARED TO LOUISIANA'S 3.1 TO 1. DESPITE AN UNFAVORABLE INMATE/STAFF RATIO, MISSISSIPPI'S ESCAPE RATE IS LOWER THAN AVERAGE. IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT THE DATA ON RECIDIVISM RATES ARE VERY CONSISTENT. THIS SHOWS THAT THE STATES ARE MOVING TOWARD A UNIFORM METHOD OF DERIVING RECIDIVISM RATES: TRACKING A SPECIFIC RELEASE POPULATION OVER A SPECIFIC TIME PERIOD AND REPORTING THE PERCENTAGE OF RECIDIVISM FOR EACH STATE'S PRISON SYSTEM WITHIN SPECIFIC TIME INCREMENTS. APPROXIMATELY 2 PERCENT OF RELEASED OFFENDERS RETURN TO MISSISSIPPI'S PRISON SYSTEM EACH SUCCESSIVE QUARTER AFTER RELEASE, AND THUS ABOUT 22 TO 24 PERCENT WILL HAVE RECIDIVATED WITHIN 3 YEARS OF RELEASE. THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH THE RECIDIVISM RATES REPORTED BY ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA, AND SOUTH CAROLINA. EXTENSIVE TABULAR DATA FOR EACH STATE ARE INCLUDED. (ELP)
Index Term(s): Arkansas; Correctional personnel; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; Oklahoma; Recidivists; South Carolina; Tennessee
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=66855

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.