Mississippi, nicknamed the Magnolia State as well as the Hospitality State, has a population of 2,988,726 (as of 2016). Jackson is both the capital city and the largest city, with a population of 173,514. Jackson is the only state capital sharing its status of county seat with another city, which is Raymond.
Jackson has the most crime among all other cities in Mississippi. Jackson’s violent crime rate is 359.4 per 100,000 people. The same rate for the state is 275.8 per 100,000, which ranks the 16th lowest in the US.
Interestingly, Jackson has once been a booming tourist destination back in prohibition era. Casinos and nightlife used to make it an attractive place for the wealthy, however the city has been suffering an economic decline ever since.
There is 19.4% poverty and 4.2% unemployment in Jackson. The unemployment rate for the state is the third highest at 6.5%. Capital punishment is legal in the state of Mississippi.
The safest cities are Petal and Brandon.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections offers an online searchable database of inmate information and mugshots. The same information can be acquired from the County Sheriff’s offices, but will need to be requested by phone, mail or in person.
For victims and witnesses of crimes, Vinelink (Victim Identification and Notification System) is in place.