MDOC Expands Accredited Education Opportunities for Women
Updated: Aug 17
The MDOC (Mississippi Department of Corrections) MDOC protects and promotes public safety primarily through the efficient and effective custody and control of individuals convicted and sentenced for felony crimes. They attempt to achieve this mission by using sound correctional principles and constitutional standards. The MDOC plays a major role in managing and reducing recidivism in Mississippi through its Community Corrections Division.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Community Corrections Division is responsible for the supervision of probationers and parolees in the community. Community Corrections also supervises offenders in restitution centers. It oversees community work centers, the Intensive Supervision Program (house arrest), and those on earned release supervision (ERS).
This year, the MDOC's seminary program (originally developed for male inmates) has expanded to allow women incarcerated at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility to pursue divine credentials. The women will be able to embark on a 4-year accredited educational journey, in collaboration with the Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Mississippi’s seminary for women is one of only three of its kind in the nation with the others in Louisiana and Georgia. It is the same program that was started for the men at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman in 2009, the second of five programs in prisons across the nation. Faith-based education can be mentally, emotionally, and socially valuable during the reentry process. We are hopeful that this program's expansion will create helpful opportunities for its graduates as they transition back into society after incarceration.