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Mississippi ranks second in number of inmates per capita

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - One in 69 adult Mississippians is in prison, putting the state at No. 2 on a per capita basis behind only Louisiana.

A new Pew Center for the States study of 2007 U.S. Census data found that Mississippi's adult incarceration rate has increased 256% since 1982. One in 38 adults is either behind bars, on probation or been paroled.

Fifty-five percent of that population under correctional control is in jail, which ranks No. 1 in the nation.

The report urges more use of community supervision, such as monitoring bracelets, to reduce overcrowding and high costs.

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