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Training Division

Perry Everett, Directo​r of Training

"The Division of Training is dedicated to providing effective professional training to all MDOC employees. As the Director of Training, I know how important it is to provide relevant training that meet the needs of the Agency. It is my duty to oversee training conducted statewide which encompass Central Office, Institutions and Community Corrections employee(s). The Central Office Training Department serves as a liaison between the Training venues located at each of the state three correctional facilities and coordinates training sites for Community Corrections.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections has organized a standard training process to ensure staff is prepared to understand their job functions and expectations. Training is delivered through a blended format to include instructor led, online, virtual, and on the job training. All MDOC employees will receive forty hours of orientation training before undertaking their assignments. All staff is required to receive refresher training on a yearly basis. The Sophistication level and amount of training is based on the employees need to know and their job assignment." ​

Training Division

This division is responsible for development, administration, and delivery of a training program that meets the staff development needs of agency employees.

Employee Development:

The MDOC Employee Development Division is responsible for providing instructional guidance to all agency employees. A needs assessment survey is conducted annually to determine the types of training classes to offer at the various locations. To accomplish the training mission, staff in this department has developed several different programs. They include In-Service Training, New Employee Orientation, the Cadet Training Program, and the Field Officers Training Program. Receiving leadership from Central Office, the programs operate independent of each other at each of the three (3) major prison facilities: the Mississippi State Penitentiary, the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and the South Mississippi Correctional Institute. Additionally, Central Office Training staff is charged with providing instructional guidance to Community Corrections staff members as well as employees in Central Office.

Mandates require all agency employees participate in In-Service Training for 40 hours per calendar year for supervisory job class personnel and 16 hours per calendar year for clerical and support staff. Additionally, any staff persons coming in contact with inmates, including professional staff, are required to obtain 40 additional training hours per calendar year. Courses conducted by the Training Division provide the bulk of these training hours.​​​

Division of Training Branch Directors
Facility Branch Directors
Central Mississippi Correctional Facility Capt. Cedric Smith
Mississippi State Penitentiary Patricia Reed
South Mississippi Correctional Institution Vacant
Community Corrections John Haynes

A syllabus of the training that is provided to employees is available at all locations.​​​​​​​