The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Community Corrections Division is responsible for supervision of probationers and parolees in the community. Community Corrections also supervises offenders in restitution centers, community work centers, and the Intensive Supervision Program, known as house arrest, and those on earned release supervision, or ERS.
Community Corrections has three regions.
Deputy Commissioner Christy Gutherz oversees the division, which consists of:
The Mississippi Reentry Council and The Foundation for the Mid South have produced the Mississippi Reentry Guide. The guide is intended to provide essential information and resources about services to ex-offenders and those that support them. The goal is to ensure that those leaving incarceration will have an easier and more successful transition to their community. Click here to view the Mississippi Reentry Guide.
The Mission of the Mississippi Department of Corrections is to provide and promote public safety through efficient and effective offender custody, care, control and treatment consistent with sound correctional principles and constitutional standards.
MISSION STATEMENT FOR TRANSITIONAL CENTERS
The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) approves residential transitional centers for the housing of MDOC ex-offenders when such centers meet the following standards:
Complies with applicable local governmental zoning and permit codes;
Provides safe and humane living conditions;
Promotes paid employment opportunities for residents;
Promotes pro-social and life skills for residents;
Prepares residents for societal re-entry with economic self-reliance; and
Provides program services and activities with the measurable objective of reducing recidivism.
Statement of Purpose
The Mississippi Department of Corrections Community-Corrections Division exists to provide for public safety; promote opportunities for positive behavioral change in the offenders under its supervision; secure provisions for community-based assistance and services needed by the offenders; decrease criminal behavior and recidivism; and serve as an alternative to incarceration.