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What are Criminal Records?

Mississippi criminal records are official documents pertaining to the criminal activity of a person within the jurisdiction of the state. These records typically detail all misdemeanor and felony crimes of a subject in Mississippi as well as their arrests, indictments, and conviction information. This information is assembled from a variety of local, county and state sources including law enforcement offices, trial and appeal courts, and correctional institutions or detention centers.

 

What is contained in a Criminal Record?

Mississippi criminal records generally comprise the following:

  • The personal information of the subject: their full name, birth date, nationality/ethnicity and gender
  • A mug shot and unique physical features of the subject
  • A full set of fingerprints
  • Criminal offenses and indictments
  • Details of past and most recent warrants, arrest history, convictions and dispositions

What are Mississippi Arrest Records?

A Mississippi arrest record is an official document which features information regarding the apprehension and detention of a person in the state following their alleged involvement in criminal activity. These records may also include information regarding any charges or indictments that result from the arrest. However,  arrest records on their own do not constitute proof of criminal activity but merely suggest that the arrestee was detained and questioned regarding a crime.

Mississippi arrest records typically include the following:

  • Details of the alleged criminal offense
  • The personal data of the subject -- i.e. their name, birthdate, etc.
  • The date, time and place of the arrest
  • The case status
  • The name of the arresting officer
  • The address of the holding facility or detention center. 

What are Arrest Warrants?

Mississippi arrest warrants court-issued orders authorizing the arrest and/or detention of a person within the jurisdiction of the state. These are typically issued by judges or magistrates and requested by the district attorney for local or state law enforcement agencies. Warrants may also provide legal authorization for searches and confiscation of private property (of the arrestee).

Arrest warrants typically indicate the alleged criminal offense as well as a designated validity period. Subsequent to the expiry of an arrest warrant, law enforcement agencies may be issued a bench warrant for the same individual. In the absence of a warrant, Mississippi state law allows law enforcement agents to arrest any individuals in a select few instances such as committing a felony or breaching the peace. Officers who witness a crime may also arrest the person(s) involved without a warrant.

What is a Misdemeanor in Mississippi?

Mississippi misdemeanors are criminal offenses of mid-level severity being that they are less serious than felonies but even more so than infractions. They are non-indictable crimes with penalties that usually don’t exceed one year in prison or fines of more than $10,000. Unlike most states, Mississippi does not categorize misdemeanors based on their severity. Ultimately, the penalties given for most misdemeanors will depend on the severity of the crime, its impact on others and the criminal history of the offender. Thus, a person convicted of a misdemeanor in Mississippi may be sentenced to more than one year of incarceration, depending on the crime. Misdemeanor crimes in Mississippi include:

  • Simple assault
  • Drug possession
  • Underage drinking
  • Resisting arrest
  • Solicitation
  • Theft of below $500 including shoplifting
  • Battery (simple)
  • First time DUI
  • Noise complaints/disturbing the peace
  • May include public nudity

What is a Felony in Mississippi?

A felony offense in the state of Mississippi refers to a serious crime that is punishable by fines exceeding $10,000, more than one year in prison or the death penalty. Since the state does not categorize crimes based on their severity, the penalties for felonies are determined by Mississipi’s criminal statutes. Essentially, the Mississippi criminal statutes indicate the penalties for most felonies committed within its jurisdiction. However, the final judgement might be impacted by the criminal history of the individual and the damage caused. Below are some felonies and their possible penalties:

  • Capital murder/murder: The death penalty, life in prison and/or without parole
  • Manslaughter: life in prison
  • Forms of sexual violence like sexual battery: 30 years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000 or more
  • Robbery: 15 years
  • Certain forms of drug possession: Up to 4 years in prison and a fine.

Mississippi Sex Offender Listings

A Mississippi sex offender listing refers to a database(usually online) of information regarding persons who have been convicted of sex-related crimes. These are primarily known as sex offender registries and they are managed by law enforcement agencies in various jurisdictions of the state of Mississippi. The registries list the full name and aliases of offenders as well as their locations, home/work addresses, personal identifiers, criminal histories and compliance status.

While most listings are compiled by local law enforcement agents, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety manages a central Sex Offender Registry which houses information regarding statewide offenders. Under the states sex offender registration law, offenders must register with law enforcement in every jurisdiction they reside. Thus, sex offenders who move out of state will be listed on the national offender registry.

Mississippi Megan’s Law

Megan's Law is the term for state laws that create and support a sex offender registry, which provides information on registered sex offenders to the public. The first Megan's Law appeared after the rape and murder of 7-year-old New Jersey resident Megan Kanka by a sex offender who lived in the girl's own neighborhood. Soon after passage of this first Megan's Law, the federal government passed an act, requiring that all states set up sex offender registries and offer the public with information about those registered,

Anyone convicted of sexual battery involving the use of force must register with state and federal authorities as a sex offender. Sex offender registration restricts where the offender may work, live, go to school, and even just be present.

What is a Serious Traffic Violation?

A serious traffic violation in the state of Mississippi are moving violations which involve the willful disregard for public safety in a manner that may likely lead to property damage, serious bodily injury and death. These offenses include reckless driving, specific  forms of DUI, and speeding. serious bodily injury, damage to property and multiple minor traffic violations. Unlike other states, Mississippi does not operate a “point system". However, traffic tickets and data tracking are conducted using computer systems. Following repeat offenses, drivers can lose driving privileges according to Mississippi state law. Ultimately, the more traffic violations there are on a record, the harsher the penalty that may result. Under some circumstances. some drivers will be given jail time.

What are Conviction Records?

Mississippi conviction records are documents which provide information regarding the indictment, plea and jugdement/sentence of  a person with regard to an alleged crime. This document essentially details relevant information regarding the alleged crime as well as the final judgement delivered.  It also includes details of adjuctications, dishonorable discharges, probation, fines and paroles issued subsequent to the initial judgement. Criminal convictions are typically rendered by either a jury of peers or a judge in a court of law and often excludes final judgments which were deleted by a pardon, set aside, reversed or otherwise rendered inoperative.

What are Jail and Inmate Records?

Mississippi jail and inmate records refers to data pertaining to the incarceration status of a person, and facility or prisoner related information which is typically maintained by correctional institutions across the state.  Like most states, Mississippi's Department of Corrections, operates an inmate database that contains information like the inmate’s full name or alias, birthdate, nationality, gender and relevant data, inmates criminal indictments, incarceration date, expected release date and mugshot. This information can be accessed online by conducting searches using the tools available on the database. Searches can be made using the full name or unique ID of an inmate. However, information unavailable online may be obtained by querying the facility where the prisoner is housed. The database also lists correctional facilities within the states jurisdiction as well as their locations, contact information and housing capacity.

Where to find Parole Information in Mississippi

Mississippi Parole records are official documents that detail information regarding the release of an inmate prior completion of their maximum sentence. This is typically following the prisoner’s agreement to conditions imposed by the Mississippi Parole Board which is tasked with determining a prisoners eligibility for parole based on their criminal history and behaviour while in custody. All relevant information regarding parole related proceedings in the state of Mississippi can be found on the Mississipi Departement of Corrections Parole page on which members of the public may view the eligibility requirements of the process and conduct parolee searches. Upon being granted parole, the board may state as a condition of parole that the prisoner pay a designated monthly supervision fee alongside a number of other conditions. It is at the boards discretion to impose any conditions of parole it seems right to make sure the best interests of the prisoner and the citizens of Mississippi are served.

What are Probation Records in Mississippi?

Mississippi probation are official  documents indicating that a person may serve their sentences out of custody as an alternative to prison. As per Mississippi state law, Probation usually has stringent conditions, and the prisoner may remain outside detention provided they follow the probation conditions imposed by the judge and probation officer. Probations are typically issued in proportion to the crime, so the length and nature of probation differ depending on the case and/or the criminal history information of the person(s) involved.  Depending on the requirement of the Mississippi board, Probation may be minimally supervised or intensive. Intensive probation is a form of very strict probation that has conditions that vary from state to state but that emphasizes punishment and control of the offender within the community.

What are Juvenile Criminal Records?

Mississippi juvenile criminal records are official documents pertaining to the criminal activity persons under legal adult age in the state and/or within its jurisdiction. Unlike adults, Juveniles are not considered convicted of a crime like an adult but instead, are found “adjudicated delinquent” upon being declared guilty of a crime.. While generally, juvenile records are kept confidential, they are neither erased or expunged once a person becomes of legal adult age, but in fact, the record remains unless the person petitions to have it expunged. Nonetheless, persons found to be adjudicated delinquent may not respond “yes” if asked whether they have ever been convicted of a crime, unless the question specifically asks if they were ever adjudicated delinquent as well. Juvenile criminal records typically indicate the full name and biodata of the juvenile as well as their criminal histories and respective sentences.

Mississippi History and Accuracy of Criminal Records

The accuracy of criminal records data largely depends on the recordkeeping and technological capabilities of the jurisdiction where the record was assembled and later digitized. Mississippi criminal records archives usually tend to go back as far as the early 1970s—which is when different institutions began to compile criminal and arrest data into an organized, centralized database, much like we use today. Accuracy was more commonly affected by human error in the past. However, in the 1990s the quality and accuracy of recordkeeping improved exponentially due to the advent of the computer. As a result, the information provided on StateRecords.org will vary from person to person.

How to Find Criminal Records in Mississippi

While local law enforcement agencies have the primary task of generating and managing crime-related data and related reports and records,  the Mississippi Department of Public Safety maintains a central repository of criminal history information. Through its Bureau of Investigation, the department organizes these records in online record depositories and makes them available to the public in the form of a Criminal Background Report. These reports may be accessed online, from local sources or through the official Mississippi State Records Online Database.

Given the various non-standardized state level protocols, storage classifications, requirements, organization and digitization processes adopted by various criminal record sources, the criminal records information presented on StateRecords.org varies. However, all records contain the most principal subjects required for evaluating the subject's criminal history.  

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