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There are three state prisons in Mississippi:



Central Mississippi Correctional Facility

Post Office Box 88550,
Pearl, MS 39208
(601) 932-2880
Superintendent's Fax (601) 664-0782
Records Dept. Fax (601) 932-9077

Ron King

Ron King, Superintendent


The Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF) was established in 1986 and constructed in Rankin County, MS.  CMCF is located on 171 acres and includes thirteen housing units with a capacity of 3,557 beds.  Offenders sentenced to the Mississippi Department of Corrections are brought to CMCF where they are processed through the Receiving and Classification unit.  Each offender is thoroughly screened and tested for STD, HIV, and other medical conditions, provided a psychiatric evaluation and questioned regarding their educational level.  The results of these tests, along with the offender’s conviction and institutional behavior, help establish the classification of each inmate.


Of the three state prisons, CMCF is the only facility to house female inmates. CMCF houses males and females classified to all custody levels, including minimum and medium security, Close custody and death row.  All female offenders sentenced to death are housed at CMCF. 


CMCF I has a full-service hair salon open for the female offenders called The Hair Zone.


CMCF II - 720 is a special needs facility for male offenders who have medical or physical conditions that require special treatment. CMCF II - 720 was the first state facility to achieve American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation.


CMCF inmates provided more than 540 hours of free inmate labor at the end of  May 2015  to adjacent municipalities and counties, as well as assisting other state agencies.


There are approximately 725 employees at CMCF.


CMCF is divided into two areas:





Wendell Banks, Warden

James Fillyaw, Deputy Warden

Vivan Frazier, Deputy Warden

Letunya Coleman, Associate Warden



Reception & Classification (R&C), F&G Buildings, Quick Bed Male B&C Buildings



Dean Epps, Warden

Shelia Parks, Deputy Warden

Letunya Coleman, Associate Warden

Sgt. Emma Redd​, Visitation

Quick Bed A Building, Women's Max, 1A Yard, Female Family House, Post Office, Laundry and Central Kitchen

Support and Special Operations

Katie Fry-Brown, Captain            


Transportation, Mobile Work Crew, CMMC Holding Tank, ERT

Brian Ladner, Warden

Joan Shivers, Deputy Warden

Bettye Phillips, Associate Warden

Roving Unit Gates I & II, A Building, B Building and C Building, Max Cells
CMCF IA - Bldg. D

Leander Parker, Warden

Derrick Chambers, Captain

Y.O.U. UNIT (Youthful Offender Unit)

Programs offered at CMCF include:

  • Alcohol & Drug Treatment
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Inmate Legal Assistance
  • Pre-Release
  • Religious Programs
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Vocational Programs:
    • Business Technology
    • Apparel and Textile       
    • Cosmetology
    • Family Dynamics
    • Upholstery
    • Computer Repair


Mississippi Prison Industries (MPIC) operates a print shop at CMCF that employs 25 male inmates. They also operate a furniture and service shop that employs 7 female inmates. MPIC employs a total of 32 inmates monthly. During the month of May 2015, MPIC utilized approximately  6,720 man-hours at these shops.


Inmate Work Crews:


Each state run prison provides free labor to local towns and municipalities. To participate in one of the work crews the inmate must either meet minimum custody status or be in a Regimented Inmate Discipline program. The criteria for placement into one of the work crews is the same as placement in any community based work program and includes, but not limited to the following:

  • No sexual Offenders
  • Non-Violent offenders
  • Medical Class 1 & 2
  • Minimum Custody
  • No pending disciplinary actions
  • Prefer inmate with a trade skill

The Central Mississippi Correctional Facility utilizes free inmate labor through the support of one work crew. The Mobile Work Crew performs work details within the immediate central region for local, county and state agencies, within Hinds and Rankin Counties. The Mobile Work Crew Provided 760 man-hours of free labor for May 2015. The value of the free labor equates to $4,422,50.



Mississippi State Penitentiary

Post Office Box 1057 - Hwy 49 West
Parchman, MS 38738
(662) 745-6611
Superintendent’s Fax (662) 745-8912
Records Department Fax (662) 745-6305


  Marshal Turner, Superintendent



The Mission of the Mississippi State Penitentiary


 It is the mission of the Mississippi State Penitentiary to provide public safety by maintaining the confinement of offenders within a safe, secure humane and cost-effective environment, while providing meaningful work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist them in becoming productive law abiding citizens upon their release.


MSP was accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) in 2003 and re-accredited in January 2012, National Commission Correctional Health Care in 2005 and re-accredited March 2012.  


The Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP) is the state’s oldest Institution, opening in 1901. It is located on approximately 18,000 acres at Parchman, Mississippi in Sunflower County. MSP has a capacity of approximately 3,590 beds, which consist of fifty-eight (58) support  buildings and seven (7) different housing units, ranging in size from fifty-six (56) beds at Unit 42 (Hospital) to 1,568 beds at Unit 29, (Unit 29 is MSP primary farming support unit).


MSP houses all male offenders who are classified as Protective Custody, Administrative Segregation, Administrative Long-Term Segregation, and Death Row.  MSP custody levels consist of minimum, medium, and close.


All male Death Row offenders are housed at MSP, Unit 29, and all female offenders sentenced to Death are housed at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County. 


MSP offenders provides more than 100,000 hours of free offender labor each year to adjacent municipalities and counties, as well as assisting other state agencies.


There are approximately 832 (filled/vacant security and non-security) employees at MSP.


MSP is divided into three (3) separate  areas:

Area I

Timothy Morris, Warden
Brenda S. Cox, Warden and Chief of Security
Verlena Flagg, Deputy Warden

Marylen Sturdivant, Associate Warden

Unit 29, (Division One house MPIC workers, Faith Based Initiative (FBI),  Field Operation workers) & (Division Two house, High Risk Initiative Program, Administrative Long-Term Segregation, Protective Custody, Transit Offenders, Death Row, and Administrative Segregation)
Area II Sonja Stanciel, Warden
 Lee Simon, Deputy Warden
Jewel Morris, Associate Warden          
Unit 25 Pre-Release & Processing, Unit 26 Agriculture, MPIC, Processing & Institution Workers,  Unit 28 MPIC & Processing Unit 30 Drug & Alcohol Programs & Vocational School, Unit 31 Disability Offenders and Unit 42 hospital for all MDOC offenders.

Administrative & Support


Sequcia Wren, Commander Transportation, Emergency Operation Center, Visitation, Post Office, Central Laundry, Front Vocational School & MPIC.                                                                 

The majority of the farming activity involving Mississippi Prison Agricultural Enterprises takes place at MSP. MPAE supplies food to the 3 State Institutions, 10 Community Work Centers and 4 Restitution Centers.

  • During FY 2017, inmates worked a total of 212,160 hours in the agricultural program.
  • MPAE planted approximately 1,165 acres of vegetables, 96 acres of rice, 4,738 acres of soybeans.
  • During FY 2017, 1,069,183 pounds of vegetables were harvested ($440,386.43 cash value).

Programs offered at MSP include:     

  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Religious Programs
  • Independent Study and Tutorial Programs
  • Pre-Release
  • Faith Based Program
  • Alcohol & Drug Program
  • ABE/GED Programs
  • Administrative Remedy Program(ARP)
  • PACT
  • Vocational Skills:     
    • Agri-Business
    • Auto Body & Fender
    • Auto Mechanics
    • Carpentry
    • Diesel Mechanics
    • Communications Systems Installer
    • Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
    • Industrial Electricity
    • Marine Maintenance
    • Welding
    • Culinary Arts

Mississippi Prison Industries operates a work program at the MSP and utilizes more than 296,400 offenders man-hours in its textile and metal fabrication.  On a monthly average, 190 offenders work in these shops.


Effective July 1, 2012, all MDOC facilities and grounds including Mississippi State Penitentiary became tobacco free. The use or possession of tobacco (cigarettes, loose tobacco, cigar, snuff, chewing tobacco and any preparation of tobacco, (tobacco substitutes), smoking paraphernalia (matches, lighter, cigarette papers), and packaging material (snuff or cigarette containers) is prohibited.  These items are considered and will no longer be permitted by inmates, staff or visitors.  Any possession of these items will result in appropriate administrative action. 


​Effective September 27, 2012, MDOC no longer provide Family Visitation offered for married offenders and their immediate family members.

Effective February 1, 2014, MDOC no longer provides Conjugal Visitation between legally married offenders and their spouses.


MSP offenders’ health care is contracted through Centurion, LLC which provides medical services twenty-four hours a day.  Centurion's staff and MSP Hospital is full service licensed.


MSP offenders’ food is contracted through Aramark which provides three meals a day.


All offender executions are carried out at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Unit 17 by Lethal Injection. 


A cemetery for inmates whose families could not afford to bury them or never claimed the body (in some cases, there are no family members) is on two acres of land on the MSP grounds. Records show that the first burial was in 1930. Click Here for a full list of all inmates buried at the cemetery.


The agency was renamed as Mississippi Department of Corrections on July 1, 1976.  



South Mississippi Correctional Institution

Post Office Box 1419 - 22689 Hwy 63 North
Leakesville, MS 39451
(601) 394-5600
Superintendent's Fax (601) 394-4451
Records Dept. Fax (601) 394-4897

Jacquelyn Banks, Superintendent

Joe Errington, Superintendent

Mission Statement



To provide and promote public safety through efficient and effective offender custody, care, control and treatment consistent with sound correctional principles and constitutional practices.


The South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI) was established in 1989. It is the state’s newest state prison and the first prison in the state to receive accreditation from the American Correctional Association. SMCI was also the first state prison in Mississippi to be accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. SMCI is located on 360 acres at Leakesville, MS in Greene County. There are 16 housing units at SMCI with a capacity of 3,282 beds.

SMCI houses male offenders who are classified minimum, medium and close custody levels as well as protective custody and long term segregation.

SMCI inmates provided more than 49,466 hours of free inmate labor during 2012 to adjacent municipalities and counties, as well as assisting other state agencies.


SMCI has 25 acres of blueberry plants. During the 2012 harvest season a total of 57,693 pounds of blueberries were harvested with an income of $79,594.21. Inmate labor is utilized in the harvesting of the blueberries.


There are approximately 515 full time employees and positions available for part time and contract employees at SMCI.


SMCI is divided into three areas:

SMCI I & III Georgia Shelby​, Warden
Timothy Barnes, Deputy Warden
Angie Holloway, Associate Warden
Lockdown (Unit 7-A Zone Protective Custody, Unit 7-B Zone High Risk Incentive Tier), Bldg. 8 Close Custody, Bldg. 9, 10, 11, 12 is GP,  Vo Tech, Law Library, MPIC, Academic and Vocational School, Fire Team Maintenance. Area III includes General Population and Regimented Inmate Discipline (Thinking For a Change).
SMCI II Joshua Csaszar, Warden
Regina Reed, Deputy Warden
Katherine Blount, Associate Warden                       
Bldg.A-1, Close Custody, Bldg. A-2 General Population, Buildings B, C, D, E (A&D Program offenders), MSU Lockdown, Law Library, South Mississippi Medical Services and Vocational.
Central Security Andrew Mills, Deputy Warden Central Security,  Emergency Response Team, Common Labor, Transportation, Central Kitchen, Post Office, Laundry, Recreation Departments, Armory, Security and Escort Unit, Inmate Locator.

Programs offered include:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Alcohol & Drug
  • Inmate Legal Assistance
  • Pre-Release
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Religious Programs
  • Vocational Programs  

The SMCI Educational Department offers both Adult Basic Educational and General Education Development Classes providing students access to a full-time counselor.


SMCI provides a Short Term (twelve (12) weeks) and a Long Term (six (6) months) Alcohol and Drug Program providing individual and group counseling to offenders for the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction.  The offenders participate in educational and skills building classes and groups which include the following:  alcohol and drug education, relapse prevention, coping skills, life skills/re-entry and post release, interview skills, anger and stress management, depression management, anxiety management, communication, and relationship skills.  After successful completion, offenders are awarded a certificate of completion and are processed out according to sentencing orders.  Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services are also provided for Community Work Center offenders who violate by using drugs or alcohol and for offenders in SMCI Administrative Segregation and Protective Custody Units.


The SMCI Chaplains Department is primarily responsible for all religious activities that occur at the Institution.  Some of the activities include regularly scheduled religious programs including Christian Worship Services, weekly Jumah Prayer Service, Communion Services, and Mass.  Many Bible classes are offered whereby the inmates may study together and learn the principles of the Word of God.  The inmates in Area I enjoy meeting in the beautiful new Chapel facility built by inmate labor and monies donated by individuals outside of the institution.  In addition, the department has a pastoral and crisis ministry which includes spiritual guidance counseling during a crisis or grieving period, as well as marriage counseling and coordination of the marriage process of those incarcerated.  This department is also responsible for interviewing, training, and supervision of volunteers.


The SMCI Vocational Technical Department offers five vocational education programs that will enable offenders to become productive citizens upon their release from this facility.  These programs are Auto Body, Auto Mechanics, Electrical, Plumbing and Pipefitting, and Welding.  Program length for each program begins at approximately 1300 hours to 2650 hours. GED classes and tutoring have been added as night classes.


Mississippi Prison Industries Corporation (MPIC) provides realistic work experience to adult offenders residing at SMCI by providing employment skills to manufacture their own clothing and clothing for other state agencies, resulting in a substantial revenue savings for the state.  MPIC focuses on commitment to production of quality garments and meeting the customers' needs.  Items manufactured include work shirts, T-shirts, thermal underwear, gym shorts, BDU pants and BDU jackets.  Officer uniform shirts are also produced for the State of Mississippi and other agencies.


SMCI, through its contracted healthcare vendor, Centurion, LLC., provides a full range of onsite medical services to the MDOC Offenders housed at SMCI and the Regional Facilities in the Southern Region of Mississippi.  These onsite services include, but are not limited to, emergency care, infirmary care, dental, optometry, clinical, and pharmaceutical services.  In additional, when deemed necessary and appropriate by the onsite Medical Director in conjunction with the MDOC Office of Medical Compliance, specialty care services are available through a network of off-site contracted hospitals, and specialty care providers.


Effective July 1, 2012, all MDOC facilities and grounds including South Mississippi Correctional Institution became tobacco free.  The use or possession of tobacco (cigarettes, loose tobacco, cigar, snuff, chewing tobacco, and any preparation of tobacco, (tobacco substitutes), smoking paraphernalia (matches, lighter, cigarette papers), and packaging material (snuff or cigarette containers) is prohibited.  These items are considered contraband and will no longer be permitted by inmates, staff or visitors. Any possession of these items will result in appropriate administrative action.