- Inmates in the pre-release program at the Mississippi State Penitentiary will
be connected today with resources they likely will need after their release
first Resource Fair for MSP’s Pre-release Program will be held from 10 a.m.
until 12 p.m. in Unit 25.
(60) inmates will be allowed face-to-face visits for several minutes with
representatives from 10 groups, including the Mississippi Department of Human
Services, the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, the WIN Job
Center, Families First for Mississippi, Transformation Reentry, and Region I
Community Mental Health Center. Some of MDOC’s probation and parole agents also
will be on hand.
must assist inmates as much as possible so that prison becomes less and less of
a revolving door,” Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said. “I appreciate the staff
for reaching out and trying new things so that we are providing meaningful and
Frison, acting pre-release director at MSP, said plans are to provide future
fairs. “I do not want the goal of our (inmates) to be to get out of prison. I
want their goals to be to stay out of prison,” she said.
fair is the second one for the agency’s pre-release program. The first one was
held on Oct. 12 for inmates in the program at South Mississippi Correctional
Institution (SMCI) in Leakesville. One hundred (100 inmates) and 10 vendors
believe the job fair was very encouraging for the offenders to know that there
are resources and jobs out there for them,” said Lisa Herndon, acting
pre-release director at SMCI. “Several offenders stated they had never had an
opportunity to attend anything as helpful to their re-entry as this fair was.
One offender also stated it made them feel like someone really cared about
their re-entry because the vendors took time out to come and speak with them.”
in the pre-release program are a year to six months from being released. In
addition to job readiness, the curriculum also includes adult basic education,
Thinking for A Change, re-entry and life skills classes.