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Prison Researcher
09-29-2011, 08:15 PM
South Mississippi Correctional Institution

22689 Highway 63 North
PO Box 1419
Leakesville, MS 39451

Phone: 601-394-5600
Superintendent's Fax: 601-394-4451
Records Department 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 in Leakesville, MS in Greene County. There are 16 housing units at SMCI with a capacity of 3,256 beds.

SMCI houses male offenders who are classified minimum, medium and maximum security levels.

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 incorporation 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, structured "boot camp" environment.

The RID Program consists of four phases lasting approximately five weeks each. There are eithg treatment program components offered; five are mandatory and three optional. The mandatory components are: Discipline Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Alcohol and Drug counseling, Pre Release counseling, and Aftercare Strategies. Adult Basic Education, Discipleship Study, and Community Service Work Projects are optional treatment components offered.

SMCI inmates provided more than 70,912 hours of free inmate labor during 2010 to adjacent municipalities and counties, as well as assisting other state agencies.

SMCI has converted 25 acres of vegetable farm land to the production of blueberries. Inmate Labor will be utilizedin the harvesting and processing of the blueberries.

SMCI is divided into three areas:

SMCI I: Lockdown (Buildings 7 & 8), Bldg. 9, 10, 11, 12, Area III Housing Unit, Vo Tech, Law Library, MPIC, Academic School, A & D Program, Regimented Inmate Discipline.

SMCI II; Buildings A, B, C, D, E, Lockdown, Law Library, South Mississippi Medical Services

SMCI III: Central Security, Emergency Response Team, K-9 Unit, Common Labor, Transportation, Central Kitchen, Post Office, Laundry, Recreation Departments, Armory

Programs Offered Include:


Adult Basic Education
Alcohol & Drug Treatment
Inmate Legal Assistance
Pre-Release
Therapeutic Recreation
Religious Programs
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 (12 weeks) and a Long Term (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.

Mississippi Prison Industries Corporation provides realistic work experience to adult offenders residing at SMCI by providing employment skills to manufacture their own clothing and the 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 addition, 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.