By: Chip Ward
We are not number one after all, we are number two. State Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps refutes an article published by the Associated Press in relation to Mississippi's Incarceration rate.
"That was incorrect, disappointed to be number two, but we aren't number one per 100,000 residents, we're at 742," Epps said.
Housing all of those inmates costs about $339 million of your tax dollars, but Mississippi does have one of the lowest cost per day for inmates in the country.
"And the only reason we aren't lower than Louisiana is because 55 percent of their population is in the county jail." Epps said.
Mississippi does lead the nation in average minimum sentencing at 6.05 years.