Prison Industries (MPIC) is a non-profit, self-funded corporation established by
the Mississippi Legislature in 1990. It has operations representing a rich and
diverse combination of inmate work programs that offer inmates the opportunity
to obtain skills and work experiences to support economic self-sufficiency upon
release and to reduce recidivism.
MPIC is an
integral part of the correctional system in Mississippi creating realistic work
experiences to sentenced, adult offenders residing in state correctional
facilities. The importance of inmate work has been recognized and supported
throughout the history of prisons.
organizational structure represents an essential balance between technical
administrative, and marketing expertise. This balance is aimed at reducing the
cost of government operations and maximizing the rehabilitative potential for
inmate work. To stay viable in todayís changing economy and correctional
environment, MPIC has adopted strategies to make business more efficient by
balancing operations in keeping with the needs of the customers, reducing waste,
making the most of resources available while refraining from unreasonably
competing with Mississippiís private sector manufacturers. The challenge is to
provide jobs for inmates in a vastly more competitive market. MPICís focus is
to strengthen relationships with customers to secure last, mutually beneficial
Structured along the
lines of a traditional private enterprise, the organization is directed and
managed to meet operating goals with day to day supervision ensuring that
accountable, efficient practices are implemented in all locations aimed at total
quality management. MPIC is committed to quality Ė quality products, quality
learning opportunities and quality management processes.
include (but not limited to): Printing, Textiles, Bedding, Metal Fabrication,
Wood Working, Office Furniture, Cement Products, Signage, Embroidery, Parks &
Recreational Products, Security Products, and Service Work for the private
sector. In addition MPIC operates an Offender Placement Program and Transition
Placement Training Center to support Offender Reentry and assist offenders in
successfully rejoining society when they have served their time and paid their
debt to society.
During Fiscal year
2007 MPIC worked an average of 607 offenders daily or over 1,000,000 hours of
work in Fiscal Year 2007.