Mississippi  Department of  Corrections

Marshall L. Fisher

Phil Bryant








Division of Institutions


The Mississippi Department of Corrections' (MDOC) Division of Institutions is responsible for protecting  public safety through the confinement of adult felony offenders who are sentenced to prison.  


While incarcerated, offenders are offered treatment, education, and vocational programs that will assist them in becoming a productive member of their community once released. 

The Deputy Commissioner Jerry Williams oversees the division, which consists of:


·         Three State Prisons

·         15 Regional Facilities

·         4 Private Prisons

·         Classification & Records

·          Inmate Programs

·         Religious Program

·         Agricultural Enterprises

·         Approved County Jails

·         Training Division


MDOC's three public institutions have all received the American Correctional Association (ACA) Accreditation. On May 10, 2003, the Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP) the state’s oldest institution (opened 1901) was awarded accreditation by ACA.  MSP's accreditation culminated nearly three years of effort by MDOC to receive this prestigious recognition by ACA.  The other institutions that received ACA accreditation are the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility at Pearl, and South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville. Over 3,000 employees work in the Division of Institutions. All of the facilities under the Institutions Division have received ACA Accreditation.