MDOC understaffed, official says

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.

Clarion Ledger