Mississippi  Department of  Corrections

Christopher B. Epps  

Phil Bryant

Commissioner   

 Governor  

 

 

 

Date:

February 13, 2006

Contact:

Nic Lott
Phone: (601) 359-5689
Fax: (601) 359-5738
 

MDOC Announces Breakthrough in Treatment Programs

 

Jackson –MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps touted the agency’s successful efforts at increasing inmate involvement in prison educational programming. “I think it is of crucial significance that we maintain and improve offender rehabilitation programs through educational means,” said Epps.  

Over the course of the past 2 years MDOC has produced close to 900 graduates of the GED program and 1031 offenders have graduated from the vocational training school.

“Not only am I speaking on behalf of the many instructors and directors of vital treatment programs who have witnessed dramatic changes in offenders,” said Commissioner Epps. “But I also speak on behalf of the hundreds of offenders themselves who have participated in treatment programs such as getting a GED and going through vocational programs and they are now living very productive lives due to the second chance given to them through such programs.”

The difference adult literacy education makes when releasing offenders back into society where we expect and appreciate them becoming good citizens is mind boggling. Study after study has proven that there is a direct correlation between providing the necessary tools and resources that enable offenders to read and write and maintaining low recidivism rates and reduction in crime rates due to this correctable handicap.

“Being illiterate and not having a good educational background are two of the major reasons why most offenders begin down the path of self-destruction,” said Commissioner Epps. “The numbers that the agency release each year provide hope for those returning to society, but it also provides a guide to educators and community leaders that we need to invest more in keeping our children in school and redirecting their lives from the prison cell back to the classroom.”