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There are four state prisons in Mississippi:

   Central Mississippi Correctional Facility

Mail: Post Office Box 88550

Location: 3794 Highway 468
Pearl, MS 39208
(601) 932-2880
Superintendent's Fax (601) 664-0782
Records Dept. Fax (601) 932-9077

Marc McClure, 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 comm​ercial 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.


Area I



Valerie Buie, Deputy Warden

Tracey Gardner, Associate Warden

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


Area II

James Miller, Warden

Berl Goff, Deputy Warden

Ashley Rush, Acting Associate Warden

(720) A Building, B Building, C Building, and Max Cells

Area III

Area IV

Vacant, Warden

James Fillyaw, Deputy Warden

Vacant, Warden

Sheila Parks, Deputy Warden

Reception & Classification (R & C), F & G Buildings

Quick Bed Female A Building, Male B & C Buildings

Derrick Chambers, Warden

Monisa Ragsdale, Commander​

Y.O.U. Unit (Youthful Offender Unit)
Support Services/Special Operations

Johnathan "Matt" Reynolds, Chief of Security

Erick Morris, K9 Commander

Roving Unit Gates I & II, K9, ERT, Key & Tool Control, NCIC, Grounds Upkeep

Programs/services offered at CMCF include:

  • Alcohol & Drug Treatment
  • AA/NA
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Inmate Legal Assistance Program
  • Pre-Release
  • Religious Services
  • Kairos Prison Ministry
  • Bible Study
  • Therapeutic Recreational Programs
  • Veterans Program 
  • 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
  • Moral Reconation Therapy
  • Peaceful Solutions
  • Getting Ahead While Getting Out
  • Pre-Release
  • Typing I and Typing II
  • Crochet 
   Mississippi State Penitentiary

Mail: Post Office Box 1057

Location: Highway 49 West
Parchman, MS 38738
(662) 745-6611
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 2,542 beds, 52 support buildings and seven different housing units, ranging in size from 56 beds at Unit 42, which is the hospital, to 856 beds at Unit 30.  

MSP houses all male offenders who are classified as protective custody, close custody, restrictive housing, extended restrictive housing, 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 VitalCore Health Strategies, 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:

​Sonja Stanciel                                                                  Chief of Security

Area I

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, Extended Restrictive Housing, Protective Custody, Close Custody, Death Row, and Restrictive Housing

Area II

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, K-9, ACA, Fire Department, Recreation                                                           

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 
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
(601) 394-5600
Superintendent's Fax (601) 394-4451
Records Dept. Fax (601) 394-4897

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Brand Huffman, Superintendent

The South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI), established in 1989, is the newest state prison in Mississippi. 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 and medium 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
Malinda Hayes, Interim Associate Warden
Lockdown (Unit 7-A Zone Protective Custody, Unit 7-B Zone High Risk Incentive Tier), Bldg. 8, Bldg. 9, 10, 11, 12 is GP,  Vo Tech, Law Library, MPIC, Academic and Vocational School, Fire Team Maintenance. Area III includes General Population.
SMCI II James Wilkins, Interim Warden
Floyd Spotts, Interim Deputy Warden
Jennifer Roberts, 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.
Central Security Michael McClendon, Chief of Security
James Wilkins, Deputy Warden - K9 and ERT
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
  • Pre-Release
  • 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.​

   Marshall county correctional facility

Mailing Address: Post Office Box 5188, Holly Springs, MS 38634

Physical Location: 833 West St., Holly Springs, MS   38635

(662) 252-7111

Warden: Chris Loden

The Marshall County Correctional Facility opened in June 1996 and is located on 42 acres with 17 acres fenced in. The authorized capacity is 1,000 beds for medium custody adult male inmates. The facility was previously under the operation of Management Training Corporation (MTC) since Aug. 13, 2012. The facility transitioned to state control on Sept. 13, 2021.

The facility received accreditation from the American Correctional Association in January 1998. The facility was re-accredited in June 2000, September 2003, January 2007, January 2010, and March 2014.

 Programs offered include:
  • Adult Basic Education (through GED)
  • Vocational Education
  • Culinary Arts
  • Horticulture
  • Comupters
  • A&D Programs (6 months - long term; 9 weeks short term)
  • Adjustment Skills/Orientation
  • Life Skills/Pre-Release
  • Bible Education
  • 8 Educational Club Programs