There are three state prisons in Mississippi:
Central Mississippi Correctional Facility
Mail: Post Office Box 88550
Location: 3794 Highway 468
Pearl, MS 39208
Superintendent's Fax (601) 664-0782
Records Dept. Fax (601) 932-9077
Ron King, Superintendent
The Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF) was established in 1986 and built on 171 acres in Pearl in Rankin County. The facility was expanded in 1996 and now includes 18 housing units and 10 support buildings to accommodate its current capacity of 4,131 offenders. CMCF is the first stop for individuals sentenced to the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC). It provides initial orientation and classification.
CMCF is authorized to have 702 full-time positions, two part-time and seven time-limited, full time.
Of the three State Prisons, CMCF is the only facility to house female offenders and youthful offenders. Its population consists of both male and female offenders of all custody levels (minimum, medium, and close) to include female offenders sentenced to death.
Youthful offenders are housed in a separate facility. The Youthful Offender Unit (YOU) opened on Dec. 12, 2012, as a separate, independent facility to serve individuals under the age of 18. It offers a wide range of programs to include academic classes, vocational programs, mental health counseling, psychological and psychiatric services in a group and individual basis, alcohol and drug treatment, social services, religious and recreational services.
Mississippi Prison Industries Corp. (MPIC) operates a commercial print shop; a Johnson & Johnson Clean Room, which provides cleaning and sterilization of suture spools for its suture manufacturing operations: and a metal fabrication shop at CMCF.
Lisa Spinks-O'Hara, Warden
Sheila Parks, Deputy Warden
Vacant, Associate Warden
Quick Bed A Building, Women's Max, 1A Yard, Female ale Family House, Post Office, Laundry and Central Kitchen.
Joann Shivers, Warden
Berl Goff, Deputy Warden
Bettye Phillips, Associate Warden
|Roving Unite Gates I & II, A Building, , B Building, C Building and and Max Cells|
James Miller, Warden
James Fillyaw, Deputy Warden
Vacant, Deputy Warden
|Reception & Classification (R & C), F & G Building, , Quick Bed Male B&C Buildings|
Derrick Chambers, Warden
Monisa Ragsdale, Commander
|Y.O.U. Unit (Youthful Offender Unit)|
|Support Services/Special Operations
Keith Brown, Chief of Security
Vacant, K9 Commander
Programs/services offered at CMCF include:
- Alcohol & Drug Treatment
- Adult Basic Education
- Inmate Legal Assistance Program
- Religious Services
- Kairos Prison Ministry
- Bible Study
- Therapeutic Recreational Programs
- Veterans Program “Solder On”
- Prison-to-College Pipeline Program
- Recidivism Reduction Program
- Academic & Vocational Programming
- Library Services
- Barbering & Cosmetology Services
- Family Dynamics Class
- Business Technology
- Apparel & Textile
- Mentoring and Tutoring
- Life Skills & Anger Management
- 1A Mental Health Program
- Art Therapy/Expressions
- Dance to be Free
- In 2 Work Food Service Program
- Prison Industry
- Lifers/Extended Sentences Program
- Gardening & Landscaping
- Family Visitation
Mississippi State Penitentiary
Mail: Post Office Box 1057
Location: Highway 49 West
Parchman, MS 38738
Superintendent’s Fax (662) 745-8912
Records Department Fax (662) 745-6305
Timothy Morris, Superintendent
The Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP) is the state’s oldest Institution, opening in 1901. It is located on approximately 18,000 acres at Parchman in Sunflower County. It has 3,560 beds, 58 support buildings and seven different housing units, ranging in size from 56 beds at Unit 42, which is the hospital, to 1,568 beds at Unit 29.
MSP houses all male offenders who are classified as protective custody, administrative segregation, administrative long-term segregation, and death row.
The custody levels are minimum, medium, and close.
MSP offenders provide more than 100,000 hours of free offender labor each year to adjacent municipalities and counties, as well as assisting other state agencies.
Parchman holds a unique place in the prison system for reasons other than its age. MSP is also home to Mississippi Prison Industries Corp. (MPIC)'s work program for its textile and metal fabrication.
The majority of the farming activity involving Mississippi Prison Agricultural Enterprises (MPAE) takes place at MSP. MPAE supplies food to Parchman and the other two state institutions, 10 community work centers and four restitution centers.
Additionally, unlike the other two state prisons, MSP has its own hospital. Health care is contracted through Centurion Mississippi, LLC., which provides medical services twenty-four hours a day. The hospital is a licensed, full-service facility.
MSP is divided into three (3) separate areas:
Timothy Morris Superintendent
Sonja Stanciel Chief of Security Superintendent Staff
||WARDENS, DEPUTY WARDENS & ASSOCIATE WARDENS
Lee Simon, Warden
Detrick Munford, Deputy Warden
Markisha Fipps, 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)|
Tracy McDonald, Warden
Sequcia Wren, Interim Deputy Warden
Blendean Washington, Interim 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, Deputy Warden
||Transportation, Emergency Operation Center, Visitation, Post Office, Central Laundry, Front Vocational School & MPIC. |
Programs offered at MSP include:
- Therapeutic Recreation
- Religious Programs
- Independent Study and Tutorial Programs
- Faith Based Program
- Alcohol & Drug Program
- ABE/GED Programs
- Administrative Remedy Program(ARP)
- Vocational Skills:
- Auto Body & Fender
- Auto Mechanics
- Diesel Mechanics
- Communications Systems Installer
- Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
- Industrial Electricity
- Marine Maintenance
- Culinary Arts
Other special features of Parchman are the execution chamber and the pauper's cemetery. All offender executions are carried out at Unit 17 by lethal injection. Inmates whose families cannot afford to bury them or those who do not have family members to claim their remains are buried on two acres. Records show that the first burial was in 1930.
Click Here for a full list of all inmates buried at the cemetery.
South Mississippi Correctional Institution
Mail: Post Office Box 1419
Location: 22689 Highway 63 North
Leakesville, MS 39451
Superintendent's Fax (601) 394-4451
Records Dept. Fax (601) 394-4897
Andrew Mills, Superintendent
The South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI), established in 1989, is the newest state prison in Mississippi. It is the first prison in the state to receive accreditation from the American Correctional Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.
SMCI sits on 360 acres at Leakesville in Greene County. It has 16 housing units and a maximum 3,082 beds. Men classified as minimum, medium, and close custody are housed there as well as those in protective custody and long-term segregation.
The prison is authorized to have 404 full-time permanent positions and four full-time, time -limited positions.
SMCI provides free inmate labor to Greene County and adjacent municipalities and assists other state agencies. Inmates are assigned to the Greene County Road Crew and a mobile work crew.
Inmates also can work in the blueberry operations. The orchard was started at the prison in 2006 as a way to address inmate idleness and to teach inmates a trade skill in the blueberry industry. The blueberries help reduce food cost and serve as a healthier menu option.
|SMCI I & III
||Georgia Shelby, Warden
Ronnie Lampley, 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.|
||Timothy Barnes, Warden
Anthony Beasley, Deputy Warden
Jennifer Roberts, Interim Associate Warden
|Buildings A, B, C, D, E (A&D Program offenders and Pre-Release Program/Thinking For a Change), MSU Lockdown, Law Library, Central Kitchen, and South Mississippi Medical Services.|
||Michael McClendon, Chief of Security
Joshua Csaszar, Deputy Warden
James Wilkins, K9 Commander
|Central Security, Emergency Response Team, Common Labor, Transportation, Post Office, Laundry, Recreation Departments, Armory, Security and Escort Unit, Inmate Locator.|
Programs offered include:
- Adult Basic Education
- Alcohol & Drug
- Religious Programs
- Vocational Programs
- Inmate Legal Assistance
- Therapeutic Recreation
The SMCI Education Department offers both Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED). Students have access to a full-time counselor.
The Alcohol and Drug Program is both short term (12 weeks) and long term (six months) with individual and group counseling for treating alcohol and drug addictions. Other than alcohol and drug education, the classes and groups cover 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. Upon successful completion, offenders are awarded a certificate. Services also are provided for community work center offenders and those in SMCI administrative segregation and protective custody units.
The Chaplains Department is primarily responsible for all religious activities at SMCI. There are regularly scheduled religious programs including Christian worship, weekly Jumah Prayer, communion, and mass. Many Bible classes are offered whereby the inmates may study together. The inmates in Area I meet in the Chapel 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. Chaplains also provide marriage counseling and coordinate the marriage process of those incarcerated. Additionally, this department is responsible for interviewing, training, and supervising volunteers.
The Vocational Technical Department offers five programs that will enable offenders to become productive citizens when they are released. The programs are auto body, auto mechanics, electrical, plumbing and pipefitting, and welding. The length of each program is approximately 1,300 hours to 2,650 hours. GED classes and tutoring are available in night classes.
In addition to the vocational programs, offenders can obtain employment skills through Mississippi Prison Industries Corp.’s clothing manufacture operations at the prison. Items manufactured include work shirts, T-shirts, thermal underwear, gym shorts, BDU pants and BDU jackets. In addition to inmate uniforms, officer uniform shirts also are produced for the state and other agencies.
SMCI, through the state’s contracted healthcare vendor, Centurion, LLC provides onsite medical services to its offenders and those at the regional facilities in south Mississippi. These onsite services include, but are not limited to, emergency care, infirmary care, dental, optometry, clinical, and pharmaceutical services. In additional, specialty care services are available through a network of off-site contracted hospitals and specialty care providers.