Jackson, MS (population: 171,210) has two corrections schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Hinds Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a corrections program, has a total student population of 11,752. It is the 4160th highest ranked school in the USA and the 35th highest in the state of Mississippi (#1 is Creations College of Cosmetology).
Corrections students from Jackson schools who go on to become correctional counselors, corrections officers, jailers, probation officers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 455,350 people working as correctional officers and jailers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $42,610. Also, Mental health and substance abuse social workers make on average $41,350 per year and there are about 127,140 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Jackson area alone, there are 310 employed mental health and substance abuse social workers earning an average salary of $33,200. Correctional officers and jailers in this area earn $24,850/yr and there are 770 employed.
Jackson lies in Hinds county, which is one of the 35 counties in Mississippi. Overall, the Jackson area has 245,940 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $17.60/hr average worker wage, and a $36,600 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.134 out of every 1000 jobs in Jackson are held by correctional officers and jailers, and 1.256/1000 are held by mental health and substance abuse social workers.
Of the 2 corrections schools with a 100-mile radius of Jackson, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Copiah-Lincoln Community College comes out as the most expensive ($4,376/yr) for corrections students, with Hinds Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,143/yr.