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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

 

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.

transitional placement centers

MPIC has operated a transitional placement center program for more than ten years. Even though it is not specifically its mission, MPIC has designed a program to assist offenders who do not have a Mississippi address to go to upon release. Offenders housed at the transition center can live there for a maximum of one year, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. The program counselors work with the residents to assist them in completing five mandatory goals. These goals are:

 

  • short term/long term housing
  • part-time/full-time employment
  • medical treatment needs 
  • educational needs
  • establishment of a savings account with $250 or more. 


This community based program assists the Mississippi Department of Corrections to ease the overcrowding of offenders in the prison system and saves the Mississippi taxpayers money.

 

MPIC Transitional Placement Training Center is expected to provide an established re-entry service to 100 Earned Release Supervision (ERS) offenders per year that would otherwise still been incarcerated.