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Established in 1990 by the Mississippi Legislature, Mississippi Prison Industries Corporation (MPIC) was created to give inmates on the job training and realistic work experiences that positively position released inmate workers to gain employment upon release. This would have a direct impact on the recidivism rate in Mississippi.

about MPIC

MPIC provides a volunteer work program for sentenced, adult offenders residing within Mississippi correctional facilities. This work program gives inmate workers opportunities to obtain valuable skills and realistic work experiences.

 

MPIC does this by:

  • Providing job training, work experience, and employment skills that can lead to gainful employment upon release thus reducing dependency on criminal activity.
  • Fostering self-esteem through personal accomplishment.
  • Promoting understanding and respect for community values.
  • Developing social skills that can help reduce interpersonal conflict on or off the job.

What is MPIC?

MPIC is a nonprofit corporation and receives no direct appropriations from the state. MPIC solely operates on the monies generated by the sale of the products it creates, and monies are then reinvested into the corporation (upgrading machinery, tools, equipment, buildings, creating classrooms, supplying teaching materials, etc.). MPIC is able to offer on the job training and work experiences to inmate workers because of its independence in generating its own cashflow. The nonprofit is governed by a 13-member board appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.

MPIC is a voluntary program where inmates learn trades that gives them marketable skills upon their release. The ultimate goal of MPIC is to have a credible impact on reducing the recidivism rate of the voluntary work program participants. The State of Mississippi, local communities and the families involved all benefit from MPIC’s success.

While in prison, inmate workers learn from their experiences. They are taught quality production processes, industry techniques unique their work training, tracking paperwork and customer service skills. Additionally, by developing communication skills, the workers learn how to respond to supervision and how to interact within the work environment.

MPIC has multiple sites within various correctional facilities throughout the State, and is expanding rapidly to meet demands in the marketplace. Products are offered through the sales division, PRISM in the categories listed below:

 

  • Furniture
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Printing
  • Apparel
  • Supplies
  • Mattresses
  • Recycling Services

 

For a full list of the products offered click the VIEW PRODUCTS link below.

MPIC Locations

Across Mississippi

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MPIC is dedicated.

MPIC is not only dedicated to the inmate workers they train, but to the State of Mississippi as well. By providing inmates valuable job skills, MPIC is creating a larger, more educated and certified, trained workforce, that can be hired by manufacturers throughout the state. This benefits local communities and the state’s prison system and boosts the state’s economy by assisting adult offenders with economic self-sufficiency upon release.

Click the FACT SHEET link below to learn more.

mission

To provide realistic work experiences to sentenced, adult offenders residing within Mississippi correctional institutions by providing employable skills to support economic self-sufficiency upon release, reduce recidivism, and reduce the overall cost of government operations.