Mississippi  Department of  Corrections

Marshall L. Fisher

Phil Bryant






Division of Institutions State Prisons


Division of Institutions State Prisons

There are three state prisons in Mississippi:

Central Mississippi Correctional Facility

 Mississippi State Penitentiary

 South Mississippi Correctional Institution

Updated: Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Central Mississippi Correctional Facility  


Ron King, Superintendent

Central Mississippi Correctional Facility

Post Office Box 88550,

Pearl, MS  39208

(601) 932-2880

Superintendent's  Fax (601) 664-0782

Records Dept. Fax (601) 932-9077


The Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF) was established in 1986 and constructed in Rankin County, MS.  CMCF is located on 171 acres and includes thirteen housing units with a capacity of 3,665 beds.  Offenders sentenced to the Mississippi Department of Corrections are brought to CMCF where they are processed through the Receiving and Classification unit.  Each offender is thoroughly screened and tested for STD, HIV, and other medical conditions, provided a psychiatric evaluation and questioned regarding their educational level.  The results of these tests, along with the offender’s conviction and institutional behavior, help establish the classification of each inmate.

Of the three state prisons, CMCF is the only facility to house female inmates. CMCF houses females classified to all custody levels, including minimum and medium security, Close custody and death row.  All female offenders sentenced to death are housed at CMCF. 

The prison also houses minimum and medium custody male offenders, as well as some maximum custody offenders (Close custody).  All male offenders sentenced to death are housed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary. 

CMCF I is a very diverse area with an inmate capacity of 2125 offenders. A majority of CMCF work program offenders are housed and classified from Area I. Area I houses Female Death Row offenders as well as a Male and Female Maximum security offenders. Area I also oversees the security operations of two medical clinics and a Special Management Unit for female suicide precaution offenders. The Vocational School program and the Alcohol and Drug program are also components of Area I. The Cosmetology and ABE programs continues to be rated high among state programs. It is because of these programs and other vocational classes that offenders are able to gain certification in specialized area(s). Area I also has a full-service hair salon open for the female offenders called The Hair Zone.

CMCF II - 720 is a special needs facility for male offenders who have medical or physical conditions that require special treatment. CMCF II - 720 was the first state facility to achieve American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation.

CMCF inmates provided more than 540 hours of free inmate labor at the end of March 2015  to adjacent municipalities and counties, as well as assisting other state agencies.

There are approximately 725 employees at CMCF.

CMCF is divided into three areas:











Brian Ladner

Deputy Warden James Fillyaw

Vacant Warden

Deputy Warden Joann Shivers

Associate Warden Tina Ladner

Men’s Buildings F & G, Reception & Classification , Administrative Segregation,  Male Technical Violator Center

Women’s Unit Max Cells


CMCF I-Quick bed

Vacant Warden


Deputy Warden

Joann Shivers


Associate Warden Tina Ladner

A Building, B Building and C Building, Female Technical Violator Center

Support and Special Operations

Vacant Deputy Warden

Captain Alvin Randall (Special Operations)

Transportation, Training, Central Kitchen, Mobile Work Crew, Post Office, CMMC Holding Tank, ERT, K-9



Brian Ladner

Deputy Warden Danny Trigg

Associate Warden Bettye Phillips

Roving Unit Gates I & II, A Building, B Building and C Building, Max Cells




Leander Parker

Captain Alvin Washington


YOU UNIT (Youthful Offender Unit)


Programs offered at CMCF include:

bullet Alcohol & Drug Treatment
bullet Adult Basic Education
bullet Inmate Legal Assistance
bullet Pre-Release
bullet Religious Programs
bullet Therapeutic Recreation
bullet Vocational Programs

Business Technology

Industrial Sewing


Family Dynamics


Computer Repair


Mississippi Prison Industries (MPIC) operates a print shop at CMCF that employs 25 male inmates. They also operate a furniture and service shop that employs 7 female inmates. MPIC employs a total of 32 inmates monthly. During the month of  March 2015, MPIC utilized approximately  6,720 man-hours at these shops.


Mississippi State Penitentiary    


Earnest Lee, Superintendent

Mississippi State Penitentiary

Post Office Box 1057 - Hwy 49 West

Parchman, MS  38738

(662) 745-6611

Superintendent’s Fax (662) 745-8912

Records Department Fax (662) 745-6305



The Mission of the Mississippi State Penitentiary

 It is the mission of the Mississippi State Penitentiary to provide public safety by maintaining the confinement of offenders within a safe, secure humane and cost-effective environment, while providing meaningful work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist them in becoming productive law abiding citizens upon their release. 

MSP was accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) in 2003 and re-accredited in January 2012, National Commission Correctional Health Care in 2005 and re-accredited March 2012.  

The Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP) is the state’s oldest Institution, opening in 1901. It is located on approximately 18,000 acres at Parchman, Mississippi in Sunflower County. MSP has a capacity of approximately 3,543 beds, which consist of fifty-eight support  buildings and seven (7) different housing units, ranging in size from fifty-six(56) beds at Unit 42 (Hospital) to 1,521 beds at Unit 29, (Unit 29 is MSP primary farming support unit).

MSP house all male offenders who are classified as Protective Custody, Administrative Segregation and Cell Telephone Management, Administrative Long-Term Segregation, and Death Row.  MSP custody levels consist of minimum, medium, and close.

All male Death Row offenders are housed at MSP, Unit 29, and all female offenders sentenced to Death are housed at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County. 

MSP offenders provides more than 100,000 hours of free offender labor each year to adjacent municipalities and counties, as well as assisting other state agencies.

There are approximately 832 (filled/vacant security and non-security) employees at MSP.

MSP is divided into three (3) separate  areas:




Area I

Timothy Morris, Warden;

Andrew Mills, Deputy Warden

Marylen Sturdivant, Associate Warden


Unit 29, (Division One house MPIC workers, Faith Based Initiative (FBI),  Field Operation workers) & (Division Two house, High Risk Initiative Program, Cellular Telephone Management Unit, Administrative Long-Term Segregation, Protective Custody, Transit Offenders, Death Row, and Administrative Segregation)

Area II

Sonja Stanciel, Warden;

Lee Simon, Deputy Warden;

Verlena Flagg, 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, TVC Offenders and Unit 42 hospital for all MDOC offenders.

Administrative & Support

Brenda Cox, Correctional Commander

Transportation, K9, Emergency Operation Center, Training, Visitation, Post Office, Central Laundry, Front Vocational School, MPIC and Grounds Upkeep

The majority of the farming activity involving Mississippi Prison Agricultural Enterprises takes place at MSP. MPAE supplies food to the 3 State Institutions, 17 Community Work Centers and 4 Restitution Center.


During FY 2014, inmates worked a total of 270,000 hours in the agricultural program.


MPAE planted approximately 1,159 acres of vegetables, 115 acres of rice, 2,692 acres of soybeans, 1,115 acres of wheat and 571 acres of corn.


During FY 2014, 1,008,403 pounds of vegetables were harvested ($410,253 cash value).


During FY 2014 the operation produced 184,590 dozen eggs ($228, 582 cash value).


bullet Therapeutic Recreation
bullet Religious Programs
bullet Independent Study and Tutorial Programs
bullet Pre-Release
bullet Faith Based Program
bullet Alcohol & Drug Program
bullet ABE/GED Programs
bullet Administrative Remedy Program(ARP)
bullet PACT
bullet Vocational Skills


Auto Body & Fender

Auto Mechanics


Diesel Mechanics

Communications Systems Installer

Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Industrial Electricity

Marine Maintenance


Culinary Arts


Mississippi Prison Industries operates a work program at the MSP and utilizes more than 296,400 offenders man-hours in its textile,       metal fabrication, and wood working shops.  On a monthly average, 190 offenders work in these shops.

MSP Welcome Center provides tours to the general public on a weekly basis by request. 

Effective July 1, 2012, all MDOC facilities and grounds including Mississippi State Penitentiary became tobacco free. The use or possession of tobacco (cigarettes, loose tobacco, cigar, snuff, chewing tobacco and any preparation of tobacco, (tobacco substitutes), smoking paraphernalia (matches, lighter, cigarette papers), and packaging material (snuff or cigarette containers) is prohibited.  These items are considered and will no longer be permitted by inmates, staff or visitors.  Any possession of these items will result in appropriate administrative action. 

Effective September 27, 2012, MDOC no longer provide Family Visitation offered for married offenders and their immediate family members.

Effective February 1, 2014, MDOC no longer provides Conjugal Visitation between legally married offenders and their spouses.

 MSP offenders’ health care is contracted through Wexford Health Sources Incorporation which provides medical services twenty-four hours a day.  Wexford staff and MSP Hospital is full service licensed.

 MSP offenders’ food is contracted through Valley Food Services which provides three meals a day.

 All offender executions are carried out at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Unit 17 by Lethal Injection. 

The agency was renamed as Mississippi Department of Corrections on July 1, 1976.  

South Mississippi Correctional Institution


Jacquelyn Banks, Superintendent

South Mississippi Correctional Institution

Post Office Box 1419 - 22689 Hwy 63 North

Leakesville, MS  39451

(601) 394-5600

Superintendent's Fax (601) 394-4451

Records Dept. Fax (601) 394-4897


Mission Statement

To provide and promote public safety through efficient and effective offender custody, care, control and treatment consistent with sound correctional principles and constitutional practices.

The South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI) was established in 1989. It is the state’s newest state prison and the first prison in the state to receive accreditation from the American Correctional Association.  SMCI was also the first state prison in Mississippi to be accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.  SMCI is located on 360 acres at Leakesville, MS in Greene County.  There are 17 housing units at SMCI with a capacity of 3,082 beds. 

SMCI houses male offenders who are classified minimum, medium and close custody levels as well as protective custody and long term segregation.

SMCI is the only state institution with a para-military “Boot Camp Program”.  The Regimented Inmate Discipline Program seeks to divert offenders from criminal behavior and instill a work ethic by incorporating a variety of rehabilitative and treatment elements as well as community service work projects.  The foundation for the RID Program is based on the premise of instilling discipline, respect for authority, and self-esteem through a tough, structured “boot camp” environment.

The RID Program consists of four phases lasting approximately five weeks each. There are five components to this program.  Three of which are mandatory;  Discipline Therapy and Alcohol and Drug Counseling, and Adult Basic Education.  Discipleship Study, and Community Service Work Projects are optional treatment components offered.

SMCI inmates provided more than 51,916 hours of free inmate labor during 2013 to adjacent municipalities and counties, as well as assisting other state agencies.

SMCI has 25 acres of blueberry plants. Inmate labor is utilized in the harvesting of the blueberries.

There are approximately 515 full time employees and positions available for part time and contract employees at SMCI.

SMCI is divided into three areas:





Hubert Davis, Warden

Theresa Seabrook, Deputy Warden

Lockdown (Unit 7- Protective Custody), Bldg. 8 Close Custody GP, Bldg. 9, 10, 11, 12 is GP,  Vo Tech, Law Library, MPIC, Academic School.  Area III includes A&D Program and Regimented Inmate Discipline. Technical Violator Center (TVC)


Marshall Turner, Warden

Brenda Sims, Deputy Warden                  


Cellular Telephone Management Unit (Bldg.A-1 A Zone, A-1 B Zone and A-2 is Close Custody),  Buildings B, C, D, E, Lockdown-MSU, Law Library, South Mississippi Medical Services


Joe Errington                           Deputy Warden

Central Security,  Emergency Response Team, K-9 Unit, Common Labor, Transportation, Central Kitchen, Post Office, Laundry, Recreation Departments, Armory, Security and Escort Unit.

Programs offered include:

bullet   Adult Basic Education

bullet   Alcohol & Drug

bullet   Inmate Legal Assistance

bullet   Pre-Release

bullet   Therapeutic Recreation

bullet   Religious Programs

bullet   Vocational Programs

The SMCI Educational Department offers both Adult Basic Educational and General Education Development Classes providing students access to a full-time counselor.

SMCI provides a Short Term (twelve (12) weeks) and a Long Term (six (6) months) Alcohol and Drug Program providing individual and group counseling to offenders for the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction.  The offenders participate in educational and skills building classes and groups which include the following:  alcohol and drug education, 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.  After successful completion, offenders are awarded a certificate of completion and are processed out according to sentencing orders.  Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services are also provided for Community Work Center offenders who violate by using drugs or alcohol and for offenders in SMCI Administrative Segregation and Protective Custody Units.

The SMCI Chaplains Department is primarily responsible for all religious activities that occur at the Institution.  Some of the activities include regularly scheduled religious programs including Christian Worship Services, weekly Jumah Prayer Service, Communion Services, and Mass.  Many Bible classes are offered whereby the inmates may study together and learn the principles of the Word of God.  The inmates in Area I enjoy meeting in the beautiful new Chapel facility 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, as well as marriage counseling and coordination of the marriage process of those incarcerated.  This department is also responsible for interviewing, training, and supervision of volunteers.

The SMCI Vocational Technical Department offers five vocational education programs that will enable offenders to become productive citizens upon their release from this facility.  These programs are Auto Body, Auto Mechanics, Electrical, Plumbing and Pipefitting, and Welding.  Program length for each program begins at approximately 1300 hours to 2650 hours. GED classes and tutoring have been added as night classes.

Mississippi Prison Industries Corporation (MPIC) provides realistic work experience to adult offenders residing at SMCI by providing employment skills to manufacture their own clothing and clothing for other state agencies, resulting in a substantial revenue savings for the state.  MPIC focuses on commitment to production of quality garments and meeting the customers' needs.  Items manufactured include work shirts, T-shirts, thermal underwear, gym shorts, BDU pants and BDU jackets.  Officer uniform shirts are also produced for the State of Mississippi and other agencies.

SMCI, through its contracted healthcare vendor, Wexford Health Sources, Inc., provides a full range of onsite medical services to the MDOC Offenders housed at SMCI and the Regional Facilities in the Southern Region of Mississippi.  These onsite services include, but are not limited to, emergency care, infirmary care, dental, optometry, clinical, and pharmaceutical services.  In additional, when deemed necessary and appropriate by the onsite Medical Director in conjunction with the MDOC Office of Medical Compliance, specialty care services are available through a network of off-site contracted hospitals, and specialty care providers.

Effective July 1, 2012, all MDOC facilities and grounds including South Mississippi Correctional Institution became tobacco free.  The use or possession of tobacco (cigarettes, loose tobacco, cigar, snuff, chewing tobacco, and any preparation of tobacco, (tobacco substitutes), smoking paraphernalia (matches, lighter, cigarette papers), and packaging material (snuff or cigarette containers) is prohibited.  These items are considered contraband and will no longer be permitted by inmates, staff or visitors. Any possession of these items will result in appropriate administrative action.