Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher appeared Tuesday before lawmakers looking at ways to save on department and agency spending.
From Fisher’s presentation, the things the public need to know about MDOC:
•The number of inmates in MDOC custody: 19,478
•MDOC’s inmate capacity: 23,981
•Inmate population: range in age from 15 to 91
•Approximately 17 percent of the inmate population have a mental illness
•MDOC is understaffed by about 400 corrections officers.