Parole Eligibility & Earned Time Provisionsin Mississippi

State Overview

Recent reforms expanded parole eligibility in Mississippi to include some violent offenses most nonviolent offenses, except for those serving a habitual sentence.

For those who are eligible for parole, the system appears to function relatively well, with a grant rate of around 70% in 2020. Compassionate release options are extremely limited, applying to almost no one who is not otherwise eligible for parole.


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Broad Eligibility

Most nonviolent offenses are eligible for parole in Mississippi, except for those serving habitual sentences.

30/40 points

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Good Behavior Incentives

Earned time is available for some crimes of violence, but other offense types are excluded for arbitrary reasons that do not correlate with risks associated with offense types. These exclusions are problematic from a public safety perspective because they deny incentives to those convicted of serious offenses.

15/30 points

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The parole grant rate is stable and reflects a reasonable consideration of cases for parole, although this is partially due to the limited nature of offense types currently eligible for parole. The lack of reentry housing for individuals in Mississippi requires many individuals to remain incarcerated even after they have been granted parole because they have nowhere to go.

15/20 points

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Geriatric Parole, Medical Parole, and Compassionate Release

Mississippi’s compassionate release laws are extremely limited, applying to almost no one who isn’t otherwise eligible for parole already.

0/10 points