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NCJ Number: 69303 Find in a Library
Title: MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS - REVISED POPULATION PROJECTIONS
Author(s): S K C MARTIN
Corporate Author: Mississippi Dept of Corrections
Systems Development
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 9
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: PRISON POPULATION PREDICTIONS ARE PRESENTED FOR THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FACILITIES, ALONG WITH AN ANALYSIS OF THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PRESSURE INFLUENCING CORRECTION POPULATION TRENDS.
Abstract: IN ADDITION TO CONSTANTLY CHANGING SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS, CRIMINAL POLICIES IMPACTING PRISON POPULATION LEVELS INCLUDE THE ARMED ROBBERY LAW, MAJOR CHANGES IN PAROLE REVOCATION RATES, NEW SENTENCING LAWS FOR LARCENY AND BURGLARY, AND JUDGES TAKING ADVANTAGE OF SPLIT SENTENCES AND SHOCK PROBATION POLICIES. A COMBINATION OF ALL THESE ELEMENTS, UNIQUE TO EACH STATE'S INDIVIDUAL SITUATION, DETERMINES IMPRISONMENT RATES. PUBLIC ATTITUDES DEMANDING LONGER PRISON SENTENCES AND MORE SEVERE PENALTIES, AND AVAILABILITY OF CORRECTIONS RESOURCES ARE ALSO CRUCIAL FACTORS. THE LATTER FACTOR AFFECTS THE MAXIMUM LEVELS WHICH JAIL AND PENITENTIARY POPULATIONS CAN REACH BECAUSE THESE ARE ABSOLUTELY DEFINED BY THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF AVAILABLE BEDS. ACCORDING TO THIS REPORT, GIVEN CURRENT (1980) CONDITIONS, POLICIES, AND LAWS, PRISON POPULATION IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI SHOULD CONTINUE TO INCREASE, BUT AT A STEADILY DECREASING GROWTH RATE. TWO TABLES AND TWO GRAPHS ARE INCLUDED IN THE TEXT.
Index Term(s): Correctional facilities; Criminal codes; Future trends; Mississippi; Prison population prediction; Public Attitudes/Opinion; State laws
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