Some stats from the budget request:
- Mississippi leads the nation in locking people up at a rate of 686 inmates per 100,000 residents, based on 2010 figures. The national average is 439.
- Mississippi is leader in average prison sentences, at 6.05 years compared to a national average of 5.42 years.
- The state system has more than 22,000 people in custody and 39,000 under supervision.
- 78 percent of the inmates use alcohol or drugs and many committed crimes while under the influence or to feed a habit.
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