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Mississippi has a population of 2.98 million, making it the 35th most populated and 32nd most densely populated state in the country. Despite having issues with poverty and poor public education, Mississippi does not experience a large amount of crime: its violent crime rate of 2.34 per 1,000 is well below the national rate. The state’s most dangerous city is Brookhaven, which has a violent crime rate over 4 times the national rate. While crime is generally low in Mississippi, arrests are high: the state has the fifth-highest arrests per capita rate in the country.  

Mississippi Arrest and Crime Statistics

  • In 2018, 60,902 arrests were reported in Mississippi by 53 law enforcement agencies. Of these arrests, 2,453 were made of minors under the age of 18
  • Drug abuse violations were the leading identified cause of arrest in Mississippi, accounting for just over 8 thousand.
  • There are around 356 registered sex offenders per 100,000 residents in Mississippi.  

Sources: FBI: 2018 Crime in the United States, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


What is a public arrest record?

An arrest record is a report produced by a law enforcement entity after the arrest or apprehension of an individual which contains the details of the incident, the individual’s personal information, and occasionally includes additional information about the individual’s criminal record.

An arrest record is often a key document in a criminal case and may play a significant role in an ensuing trial. The arrest record may remain in the public record for a long time regardless of whether the suspect is ultimately convicted of the crime(s) for which they were initially arrested. This means that it can be accessed by the general public.  

What is included in a public arrest record?

  • Description of the incident: An arrest record will include a chronological account of the alleged crime produced by the arresting officer that may utilize information provided by first-hand witnesses and/or victims of the alleged crime. 
  • Date and location of the arrest
  • Physical description: The height, weight, hair color, sex, and race of the arrested person, along with other distinguishing characteristics such as tattoos, scars, or birthmarks. 
  • Personal information: The name, age, date of birth, phone number, address, social security number, and other contact information of the arrested individual, as well as any other names the person may go by. 
  • Photographs
  • Fingerprints
  • Criminal charges filed
  • Classification of the crime: Whether the alleged crime is a felony or a misdemeanor.
  • Bail
  • Court date
  • Police interrogation details

What are the types of charges that may appear on an arrest record?

Generally, charges are classified into three main categories:

  • Infraction – An infraction is a minor violation of the law that is regulated at the state level. Punishment for an infraction is typically a fine or a written warning, rather than a jail or prison sentence. Examples of infractions include minor traffic violations, public nuisance offenses, and littering. 
  • Misdemeanor – A misdemeanor is a crime that is more serious than an infraction, but less severe than a felony, and generally punishable by a term of imprisonment of less than a year, or a term of probation. An individual convicted of a misdemeanor is more likely to serve time in a county or local jail than a federal or state prison. Examples of misdemeanors include driving under the influence, most drug abuse violations, and petty theft.
  • Felony – A felony is the most serious type of crime and generally results in a term of imprisonment of more than one year in a state or federal prison. Having a felony on one’s record may result in limitations of employment and the acquisition of specialty licenses. Examples of felonies include rape, murder, and arson.  

Who can access arrest records?

As in most other states, arrest records (also known as arrest reports) are public records in Mississippi and can be accessed by anyone upon request to a law enforcement agency, and may come up during a routine background check. 

Other examples of Mississippi public records include:

  • vital records such as birth and death certificates
  • marriage licenses
  • mugshots
  • court records
  • voting records
  • property records 

Where are physical copies of arrest records kept in Mississippi?

Arrest records are typically held by the law enforcement agency responsible for the arrest, usually a local police department or county sheriff’s office. They also may be kept in the archive of a state government agency, or circuit court. However, there is no official repository for arrest records. 

Why can’t I access an arrest record in Mississippi?

There are a number of reasons why you may not be able to access an arrest record. Although the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires federal agencies to release arrest records and other public records, records that fall under certain exemptions can be withheld from the public.

The FOIA includes nine exemptions that allow agencies to withhold documents, such as arrest records, and not release them to the public. They are:

  1. The information is classified to protect natural security. 
  2. The information focuses on the internal rules and practices of the agency.
  3. Another federal law prohibits the release of the information.
  4. The information includes confidential trade secrets and/or commercial and financial information. 
  5. The information includes privileged, confidential communicative exchanges between two agencies. 
  6. The information could pose a danger to another person’s privacy if released.
  7. The information is reserved for law enforcement purposes in a court case or an investigation or could reveal a confidential source. 
  8. The information includes confidential information about financial institution supervision. 
  9. The information includes geographical information about wells.

Additionally, some state laws limit the availability of arrest records due to the fact that they are perceived as one-sided documents that do not include the arrested person’s account of the incident. 

What is the difference between an arrest record and a criminal record?

Compared to an arrest record, a criminal record is a more thorough document that details an individual’s entire criminal history, including arrest warrants, arrests, third party complaints, convictions, and even dropped cases. 

What is the difference between an arrest record and an arrest warrant?

An arrest warrant is a document issued by a judge or magistrate that grants law enforcement the authority to arrest an individual suspected of a crime or to search and seize the individual’s property, whereas an arrest record is a document of an arrest that is only created after an arrest or apprehension has already occurred.  

In order for a judge or magistrate to issue an arrest warrant, they must conclude that there is probable cause for an arrest. Probable cause must be backed by sworn testimony or an affidavit that provides sufficient information supporting the need for an arrest. An arrest warrant must also specify one individual that should be arrested, rather than a group of individuals or a rough description of a suspect. 

How many Americans have been arrested?

While crime has steadily dropped in the United States over the past several decades, arrests have gone up, particularly for younger age groups. Typically, law enforcement makes around 10 million arrests each year. Here are some key statistics on arrests in the United States:

  • In 2018, around 10.3 million arrests were made nationwide.
  • 73% of arrested persons in 2018 were males.
  • The more recent an American was born, the greater the likelihood that the individual has been arrested at least once. The following is the percentage of Americans in various age groups that have been arrested: 
    • 6.4% of Americans  born before 1949
    • 10.7% of Americans born between 1949 and 1958
    • 13.8% of Americans born between 1959 and 1968
    • 18.7% of Americans born between 1969 and 1978
    • 23% of Americans born between 1979-1988

Sources: Federal Bureau of Investigation, RAND Corporation

How to search for Arrest Records in Mississippi

While many states have a user-friendly web portal that individuals may use to perform criminal background checks on themselves or anyone else in the central state repository of criminal information, sadly, Mississippi does not. 

Those who want to view Mississippi arrest records and other criminal history information must follow this process to obtain a criminal background check in the state:

  1. Print, complete, and sign an Authorization to Release Background Information form.
  2. Prepare a money order for $32 payable to the “MS Bureau of Investigation”.
  3. Mail the form and money order to the following address:

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation

ATTN: CIC/Background Checks

3891 Highway 468 West

Pearl, Mississippi 39208

Alternatively, you may fax the form, in which case you must include a fax number in Block 16 of the Authorization form

How can I search for a Mississippi arrest record on the internet using a background check service?

Since tracking down physical copies of arrest records can prove challenging, searching for them online is a viable option. There is a wealth of online services that allow you to search and access Mississippi arrest records and other public records via numerous government agency databases in exchange for a fee. 

However, despite the fact that users must pay to obtain an arrest record from an online service, it’s nevertheless a convenient means of getting these documents. The offices of government agencies are often marred by inconsistent service and take a long time to process requests to view documents. 

Sometimes it’s worth it to pay a fee to use an online background check service, rather than endure the extended delays typical of government offices.  

What can I do if my arrest record has a mistake?

If your Mississippi arrest record or other criminal history document contains inaccurate or incomplete information, contact the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to explain the situation and ask for instruction on how to submit a challenge.

Click here for MBI contact information.  

Mississippi Courthouse and Sheriff Information by County

Adams CountyAdams Justice Court Judge Office114 S Wall St
Natchez, MS 39120
601-442-0199Adams County Sheriff's office306 State St
Natchez, MS 39120
Alcorn CountyAlcorn County Circuit Clerk600 E Waldron St # 7
Corinth, MS 38834
662-286-7740Alcorn County Sheriff's Office2833 S Harper Rd
Corinth, MS 38834
Amite CountyAmite County Circuit Clerk243 Main St
Liberty, MS 39645
601-657-8932Amite County Sheriff243 S Broadway St
Liberty, MS 39645
Attala CountyAttala County Courthouse100-198 N Madison St
Kosciusko, MS 39090
Attala County Sheriff's Office112 W Adams St
Kosciusko, MS 39090
Benton CountyBenton County Justice Court190 Ripley Ave
Ashland, MS 38603
662-224-6320Benton County Jail190 Ripley Ave
Ashland, MS 38603
Bolivar CountyBolivar County Circuit Clerk200 S Court St
Cleveland, MS 38732
662-843-2061Bolivar County Sheriff2792 Hwy 8
Cleveland, MS 38732
Calhoun CountyCalhoun County Chancery Clerk103 W Main St #192
Pittsboro, MS 38951
662-412-3117Calhoun County Sheriff178 S Murphree St
Pittsboro, MS 38951
Carroll CountyCarroll County Chancery Clerk600 Lexington St # B
Carrollton, MS 38917
662-237-9274Carroll County Sheriff105 Washington St
Carrollton, MS 38917
Chickasaw CountyChickasaw County Justice Court1 Pinson Square
Houston, MS 38851
662-456-3941Chickasaw County Sheriff130 Lancaster Cir
Houston, MS 38851
Choctaw CountyChoctaw County Courthouse22 E Quinn St
Ackerman, MS 39735
662-285-6329Choctaw County Sheriff Department122 Jail House Rd
Ackerman, MS 39735
Claiborne CountyClaiborne County Justice Court510 Market St # 101
Port Gibson, MS 39150
601-437-4478Claiborne County Sheriff410 Market St
Port Gibson, MS 39150
Clarke CountyClarke County Justice Court100 E Church St
Quitman, MS 39355
601-776-5371Clarke County Sheriff's Office & Jail444 W Donald St
Quitman, MS 39355
Clay CountyClay County Justice Court218 W Broad St
West Point, MS 39773
662-494-6140Clay County Sheriff218 W Broad St
West Point, MS 39773
Coahoma CountyCoahoma Justice Court Clerk144 Ritch St
Clarksdale, MS 38614
662-624-3060Coahoma Sheriff's Department63 Sunflower Ave
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Copiah CountyCopiah County Justice Court20034 US-51
Hazlehurst, MS 39083
601-892-7796Copiah County Sheriff's Office20032 US-51
Hazlehurst, MS 39083
Covington CountyCovington Justice County Court101 S Dogwood Ave
Collins, MS 39428
601-765-6581Covington County Sheriff1107 Main St
Collins, MS 39428
DeSoto CountyDeSoto County Courthouse2535 US-51
Hernando, MS 38632
662-469-8000DeSoto County Sheriff's Department3091 Industrial Dr W
Hernando, MS 38632
Forrest CountyForrest County Justice Court700 Main St
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
601-544-3136Forrest County Sheriff55 Arena Dr
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Franklin CountyFranklin Justice Court Judge36 Main St
Meadville, MS 39653
601-384-2001Franklin County Sheriff36 Main St
Meadville, MS 39653
George CountyGeorge County Justice Court368 Cox St
Lucedale, MS 39452
601-947-4834George County Sheriff's Office355 Cox St
Lucedale, MS 39452
Greene CountyGreene County Justice Court407 Greene Ave
Leakesville, MS 39451
601-394-2347Greene County Sheriff Office300 Lafayette Ave
Leakesville, MS 39451
Grenada CountyGrenada County Justice Court16 1st St
Grenada, MS 38901
662-226-3331Grenada County Sheriff35 Doak St
Grenada, MS 38901
Hancock CountyHancock County Court House152 Main St
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
Hancock County Jail8450 US-90
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
Harrison CountyHarrison County Court1801 23rd Ave
Gulfport, MS 39501
228-865-4000Harrison County Sheriff's Office10451 Larkin Smith Dr
Gulfport, MS 39503
Hinds CountyHinds County Courthouse407 E Pascagoula St
Jackson, MS 39201
601-965-8800Hinds County Sheriff's Office407 E Pascagoula St
Jackson, MS 39205
Holmes CountyHolmes County CourthouseWall St
Lexington, MS 39095
662-834-2476Holmes County Sheriff Department23240 MS-12
Lexington, MS 39095
Humphreys CountyHumphreys County Courthouse148 Castleman St
Belzoni, MS 39038
662-247-3065Humphreys County Sheriff's Office107 N Hayden St
Belzoni, MS 39038
Issaquena CountyIssaquena Chancery/Circuit Clerk129 Court St
Mayersville, MS 39113
662-873-2761Issaquena County Correctional22746 MS-1
Mayersville, MS 39113
Itawamba CountyItawamba County Justice Court304 W Wiygul St # D
Fulton, MS 38843
662-862-4315Itawamba County Sheriff's Office304 W Wiygul St E
Fulton, MS 38843
Jackson CountyJackson County Justice Court6904 Washington Ave
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
228-875-4153Jackson County Sheriff's Department3104 Magnolia St
Pascagoula, MS 39567
Jasper CountyJasper County Justice Court27 8th Ave E
Bay Springs, MS 39422
601-764-2065Jasper County Sheriff's Office29 8th Ave E
Bay Springs, MS 39422
Jefferson CountyJefferson Justice Court Clerk1483 Main St
Fayette, MS 39069
601-786-8594Jefferson County Sheriff Office255 MS-33
Fayette, MS 39069
Jefferson Davis CountyJefferson Davis County Courthouse2400 Columbia Ave
Prentiss, MS 39474
Jefferson Davis Sheriff2330 Columbia Ave
Prentiss, MS 39474
Jones CountyJones County Courthouse101 N Court St
Ellisville, MS 39437
601-477-3307Jones County Sheriff's Office419 Yates Ave
Laurel, MS 39440
Kemper CountyKemper County Justice Court123 Main Ave
De Kalb, MS 39328
601-743-2793Kemper County Sheriff Office330 Stennis Industrial Park Rd
De Kalb, MS 39328
Lafayette CountyThe Lafayette County Courthouse142 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
662-234-4951Lafayette County Detention Center711 Jackson Ave E
Oxford, MS 38655
Lamar CountyLamar County Court House403 Main St
Purvis, MS 39475
601-544-4414Lamar County Sheriff's Department205 Main St B
Purvis, MS 39475
Lauderdale CountyLauderdale County Court Judge Office500 Constitution Ave
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9715Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office Meridian, MS410 21st Ave
Meridian, MS 39301
Lawrence CountyLawrence County Justice Court435 Charles E Bufkin St
Monticello, MS 39654
601-587-4854Lawrence County Sheriff's Office1565 F E Sellers Hwy
Jayess, MS 39641
Leake CountyLeake County Circuit Clerk101 Court Sq # 115
Carthage, MS 39051
601-267-8357Leake County Sheriff’s Office316 C O Brooks St
Carthage, MS 39051
Lee CountyLee County Justice Center200 W Jefferson St
Tupelo, MS 38804
662-432-2100Lee County Sheriff's Department510 Commerce St
Tupelo, MS 38804
Leflore CountyLeflore County Court House310 W Market St
Greenwood, MS 38930
662-453-1041Leflore County Sheriff's officeSidon, MS 38954662-453-5141
Lincoln CountyLincoln County Justice Court224 S 1st St
Brookhaven, MS 39601
601-835-3474Lincoln County Sheriff's Office215 Justice St
Brookhaven, MS 39601
Lowndes CountyLowndes County Court House505 2nd Ave N
Columbus, MS 39701
662-329-5800Lowndes County Sheriff's Office527 S Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Columbus, MS 39701
Madison CountyMadison County Justice Court2961 S Liberty St
Canton, MS 39046
601-859-6337Sheriff's Office-Madison County2941 US-51
Canton, MS 39046
Marion CountyMarion County Courthouse250 Broad St
Columbia, MS 39429
601-731-5972Marion County Sheriff219 Broad St
Columbia, MS 39429
Marshall CountyMarshall County Justice Court819 West St B
Holly Springs, MS 38635
662-252-3585Marshall County Sheriff819 West St
Holly Springs, MS 38635
Monroe CountyMonroe Justice Court1619 Highland Dr
Amory, MS 38821
662-256-8493Monroe County Sheriff's Office700 N Meridian St
Aberdeen, MS 39730
Montgomery CountyMontgomery County Justice Court706 Alberta Dr
Winona, MS 38967
662-283-2290Montgomery County Sheriff614 Summit St
Winona, MS 38967
Neshoba CountyNeshoba County Justice Court200 Byrd Ave
Philadelphia, MS 39350
601-656-4053Neshoba County Sheriff920 N Chestnut St
Philadelphia, MS 39350
Newton CountyNewton County Chancery Clerk92 W Broad St
Decatur, MS 39327
601-635-2367Newton County Sheriff Office300 Access Rd
Decatur, MS 39327
Noxubee CountyNoxubee County Courthouse505 Jefferson St
Macon, MS 39341
662-726-5181Noxubee County Sheriff's Office505 Jefferson St # 1
Macon, MS 39341
Oktibbeha CountyOktibbeha County Chancery Clerk101 E Main St
Starkville, MS 39759
662-323-5834Oktibbeha County Sheriff Office111 Dr Douglas L. Conner Dr
Starkville, MS 39759
Panola CountyPanola County Courthouse151 Public Square
Batesville, MS 38606
662-563-6200Panola County Sheriff's Office40 S Pocahontas St
Sardis, MS 38666
Pearl River CountyPearl River County Circuit Court200 S Main St
Poplarville, MS 39470
601-403-2328Pearl River County Sheriff Office171 Savannah Millard Rd
Poplarville, MS 39470
Perry CountyPerry County Chancery Clerk103 Main St
New Augusta, MS 39462
601-964-8398Perry County Sheriff's Department103 1st St
New Augusta, MS 39462
Pike CountyPike County Justice Court2109 Jesse Hall Ind Park Rd
Magnolia, MS 39652
601-783-5333Pike County Sheriff's Office2109 Jesse Hall Rd
Magnolia, MS 39652
Pontotoc CountyPontotoc Justice Court Judge29 E Washington St
Pontotoc, MS 38863
662-489-3920Pontotoc County Sheriff490 MS-6
Pontotoc, MS 38863
Prentiss CountyPrentiss County Courtroom101 N Main St
Booneville, MS 38829
662-728-8747Prentiss County Sheriff1901 E Chambers Dr B
Booneville, MS 38829
Quitman CountyQuitman County Justice Court275 E Main St
Marks, MS 38646
662-326-2104Quitman County Sheriff233 Chestnut St
Marks, MS 38646
Rankin CountyRankin County Justice Court117 N Timber St
Brandon, MS 39042
601-824-2665Rankin County Sheriff's Office221 N Timber St
Brandon, MS 39042
Scott CountyScott County Chancery Clerk100 E 1st St
Forest, MS 39074
601-469-1922Scott County Sheriff's Office530 Airport Rd
Forest, MS 39074
Sharkey CountySharkey County Circuit Clerk120 Locust St
Rolling Fork, MS 39159
662-873-2755Sharkey County Sheriff's Office120 Locust St #3
Rolling Fork, MS 39159
Simpson CountySimpson Justice Court Clerk1498 Simpson Hwy 149
Mendenhall, MS 39114
601-847-5848Simpson Sheriff's Office1496 MS-149
Mendenhall, MS 39114
Smith CountySmith County Chancery Clerk123 Main St
Raleigh, MS 39153
601-782-9811Smith County Sheriff200 Court House Square
Raleigh, MS 39153
Stone CountyStone County Courthouse323 E Cavers Ave
Wiggins, MS 39577
601-928-5266Stone County Sheriff1420 Industrial Park Rd
Wiggins, MS 39577
Sunflower CountySunflower County Circuit Clerk200 Main St
Indianola, MS 38751
662-887-1252Sunflower County Sheriff's Office1300 Allen Rd
Indianola, MS 38751
Tallahatchie CountyTallahatchie County Courthouse401 W Court St
Sumner, MS 38957
662-375-9452Tallahatchie County Sheriff's DepartmentMain St
Charleston, MS 38921
Tate CountyTate County Courthouse201 S Ward St
Senatobia, MS 38668
Tate County Sheriff1 Justice Dr
Senatobia, MS 38668
Tippah CountyTippah County Courthouse205 W Spring St
Ripley, MS 38663
Tippah County Sheriff's Department205 W Spring St
Ripley, MS 38663
Tishomingo CountyTishomingo Circuit Clerk Office1008 Battleground Dr # 204
Iuka, MS 38852
662-423-7026Tishomingo County Sheriff's​ Department1208 Betty Dale Dr
Iuka, MS 38852
Tunica CountyTunica County Courthouse1300 School St
Tunica, MS 38676
Tunica County Sheriff's Office5126 Old Mhoon Landing Rd
Tunica, MS 38676
Union CountyUnion County Justice Court300 Carter Ave
New Albany, MS 38652
662-534-1951Union County Sheriff300 Carter Ave
New Albany, MS 38652
Walthall CountyWalthall County Youth Court901 Union Rd
Tylertown, MS 39667
601-876-3983Walthall County Sheriff807 Magnolia Ave
Tylertown, MS 39667
Warren CountyWarren County Youth Court1100 Grove St B
Vicksburg, MS 39183
601-630-8004Warren County Sheriff1000 Grove St
Vicksburg, MS 39183
Washington CountyWashington County Circuit Court900 Washington Ave # 2
Greenville, MS 38701
662-334-2787Washington County Jail903 W Alexander St
Greenville, MS 38701
Wayne CountyWayne County Court House610 Azalea Dr
Waynesboro, MS 39367
Wayne County Sheriff613 Court St
Waynesboro, MS 39367
Webster CountyWebster Justice Court Clerk24 E Fox Ave
Eupora, MS 39744
662-258-2590Webster County Sheriff321 E Gould Ave
Eupora, MS 39744
Wilkinson CountyWilkinson County Justice Court1389 US-61
Woodville, MS 39669
601-888-3538Wilkinson County Sheriff525 Main St
Woodville, MS 39669
Winston CountyWinston County Circuit Clerk113 W Main St
Louisville, MS 39339
662-773-3581Winston County Sheriff115 S Court Ave
Louisville, MS 39339
Yalobusha CountyYalobusha County Chancery Clerk201 Blackmur St #1
Water Valley, MS 38965
662-473-2091Yalobusha County Sheriff's Office11803 Hwy 32
Water Valley, MS 38965
Yazoo CountyYazoo County Court House211 E Broadway St
Yazoo City, MS 39194
662-746-1583Yazoo County Sheriff6 Mike Espy Dr
Yazoo City, MS 39194


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