Mississippi  Department of  Corrections

Christopher B. Epps  

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. 

Deputy Commissioner Archie Longley 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 states 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 who received ACA accreditation are the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility at Pearl, and South Mississippi Correctional Institution, Leakesville. Over 3,000 employees work in the Division of Institution. All of the facilities under the Institutions Division have received ACA Accreditation.