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					                                                                                                 Volume 6 , Issue 8
           Mississippi Department of Corrections
                                                                                                 August 2004

           THE RESOURCE

                                                         Commissioner’s Corner
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:                                   It always gives me pleasure when MDOC is recognized for its pro-
                                                 gram achievements. The significant contributions of our dedicated and
Clips                           2
                                                 resourceful staff are often instrumental in these success stories. One such
CAMA                            2                success story is the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility Computer
                                                 Repair A+ Certification Program. Using discarded computers collected
Goff Resignation                2                from state agencies and transported by the Mississippi Department of
                                    Environmental Quality, female inmates at CMCF recycle the computers, ultimately
Domestic Violence               3   providing much needed computers to Mississippi’s public school students. Designed
                                    to teach offenders the fundamentals of computer hardware, the program also provides
Training Opportunities      4-5     rehabilitation for the inmate by building new marketable skills that will contribute to
                                    the inmate’s job success once released to the “free world”.
September Birthdays             6

Epps Wins Board Seat            7      The following promotional article featured on Certiport and Microsoft websites
                                    exemplifies the success that has been achieved through this valuable MDOC program
Life Insurance Premiums         7   which began in February of 2003:

Law Enforcement Grads           7                    Certification Provides Success in the “Free World”
                                        The Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, Mississippi, is a medium-
Violent Offenders               9   security prison that houses the majority of the female inmates in the Mississippi cor-
                                    rectional system. The facility houses male inmates with disabilities or long-term ill-
Editor’s Note               10
                                    nesses and receives inmates into the prison system before assigning and routing them
                                    to prisons of varying security levels throughout the state.
                                        The Vocational School of the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility resulted as
                                    a cooperative effort between the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the Mis-
Checklist                           sissippi Department of Education to provide rehabilitative training to female inmates.
                                    The Department of Education funded the school’s facilities, equipment, and most of
•       Leave balances are          its instructors. The Department of Corrections provided supplies and the special
        now available on the        population that enrolls in the school. Of the more than 1,400 female inmates in the
        ACE website. If you         facility, 103 are currently enrolled in vocational programs and 239 are enrolled in
        need assistance ac-         adult basic education and reading assistance programs.
        cessing this site,              The Vocational School’s Business Technology program is one of six vocational
        please call Clay Nash       programs available to qualifying inmates. Its self-paced, junior-college-level courses
        at 601-359-5707 to          follow the Mississippi Post-secondary Business and Computer Technology Standard-
        enroll in the ACE           ized Curriculum. To participate, inmates must have a high-school diploma or a high-
        training class.             school equivalency diploma. Beverly Mabry, the Business Technology instructor,
                                    personally teaches 15 students per year. Her 1,200-hour course provides intensive,
                                    hands-on training to students who voluntarily enroll. The computer-oriented courses
                                    in the curriculum are Operating Systems, which teaches the basics of computers and
                                    operating systems; Keyboarding Concepts, which offers instruction on typing and
                                                                                                           (Continued on page 8)
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                                                     Southern              CAMA, which is known as the grassroots
                                                  hospitality,         of accreditation, selected Mississippi as the
                            Coastal culinary delights, Beach par-      host site following a successful bid for the
                            ties. The Mississippi Gulf Coast was       conference by Commissioner Epps. Immedi-
                            the playground for the 17th Annual         ately following the announcement, the
                            Correctional Accreditation Managers        MDOC CAMA Host Committee went to
                            Association (CAMA) Training Con-           work on arrangements to educate and enter-
                            ference, hosted by the Mississippi         tain the conferees with an outstanding array
                            Department of Corrections, May 22 –        of informative training workshops, interest-
                            25 in Biloxi, Mississippi.                 ing speakers, fun in the sun activities, and
                                Greeted upon arrival with a warm       wonderful Mississippi memories.
                            Mississippi welcome from MDOC                  Kudos to the MDOC team for your hard
                            staff, approximately 463 corrections       work and resourcefulness in coordinating
         Clips              officials from across the nation, Can-     Bet & Score with CAMA 2004. You scored a
                            ada, and Europe were in attendance         winner for Mississippi.
                            for the conference, which also in-                                   Suzanne Singletary, Director
                                                                                                   Office of Communications
     Healing Proverbs       cluded 24 vendors and sponsors.

 “A good reputation is
  more valuable than
                           “Ladies and Gentlemen...
       money.”                Joe Goff has left the building...”
    (Publilius Syrus)
                               After nine and a half years of dedicated service to the Mississippi De-
   “Noble deeds are        partment of Corrections, Special Assistant Attorney General Joe Goff is
  most estimable when      hanging up his hat, but not entirely. Joe came to the department in Decem-
        hidden.”           ber of 1994. He immediately became responsible for the awesome task of
    (Blaise Pascal)        providing legal advice to senior department officials and representing the department in
                           day to day court business.
   “Here is the test to        On July 9th, family, friends, and fellow MDOC employees joined together to cele-
 find out whether your     brate the service of this compassionate individual as well as to wish him good luck in
                           his new endeavor. What might that new endeavor be you may wonder? Joe’s headed to
   mission on earth is
                           the Department of Transportation to continue his distinguished career in law. His love
    finished: If you’re    of family, large support of co-workers, and enormous dedication to MDOC did not go
       alive, it isn’t.”   unnoticed. Some fellow staffers commented on Mr. Goff’s amiable character .
      (Richard Bach)           Jane Mapp, Special Assistant Attorney General, had this to say about Joe: “Joe is an
                           outstanding person as well as an outstanding lawyer and he will be greatly missed. He
  “The public have an      has been invaluable to MDOC over the years and I am sure he will soon become invalu-
 insatiable curiosity to   able in his new position.”
    know everything,           “Joe gave 150% to this agency and has earned a great and wonderful reputation
   except what is worth    throughout the state. It has been a pleasure working with him throughout his tenure at
        knowing.”          MDOC. He deserves the best life has to offer. I hope we will continue to be friends
      (Oscar Wilde)        after he has moved on,” said Edna Caul, Administrative Assistant to Goff.
                               “Joe’s steadfast dedication and unwavering work ethic for the department are to be
    “Go through the        applauded.” said Commissioner Chris Epps. “He has been a friend, an invaluable ad-
  motions anyway; you      viser, and talented litigator. His work here will be missed greatly. I wish him the best in
                           his new position at the Department of Transportation.”
    might get lucky.”
                               Joe, I think you will gather quickly from these comments that you will be missed.
   (Thomas Magnum)
                           The MDOC family wishes you the very best.
                                                                                           Nic Lott, Communications Specialist
                                                                                                      Office of Communications
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                               Domestic Violence Safety Plan
SAFETY DURING AN EXPLOSIVE INCIDENT: If an                            possible. Arrange to have an an-
argument seems unavoidable, try to have it in a room or area          swering machine, caller ID, or a
where you have access to an exit. Try to stay away from the           trusted friend or relative screen your
bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, garage or anywhere else where             call if possible. Devise a safety plan
weapons (i.e. knives, scissors, garden tools) might be avail-         for when you leave work. Have
able. Stay out of rooms without any exits. Practice how to get        someone escort you to your car, bus, or train and
out of your home safely. Identify which doors, windows, ele-          wait with you until you are safely on your way. Use
vator, fire escape or stairwell would be best. Never run to           a variety of routes to go home by if possible. Think
where the children are because the abuser may hurt them as            about what you would do if something happened
well. Have a packed bag ready and keep it at a relatives or           while going home (i.e. in your car, on the bus, etc.)
friends home in order to leave quickly. Identify one or more          YOUR SAFETY & EMOTIONAL HEALTH: If
neighbors you can tell about the violence and ask that they call      you are thinking of returning to a potentially abusive
the police if they hear a disturbance coming from your home.          situation, discuss an alternative plan with someone
Devise a code word to use with your children, family, friends         you trust. If you have to communicate with your
and neighbors when you need the police. Use a signal -- Hang          partner, determine the safest way to do so. Have
something out of a window that can be seen by a passerby who          positive thoughts about yourself and be assertive
can check on you. Decide and plan for where you will go if            with others about your needs. Read books, articles,
you have to leave home (even if you don’t think you will need         and poems to help you feel stronger. Decide who
to). Use your own instincts and judgment. You have the right          you can call to talk freely and openly to give you the
to protect yourself until you are out of danger.                      support you need. Plan to attend a women’s or vic-
Tell your children of your plan if they are old enough to un-         tim’s support group for at least 2 weeks to gain sup-
derstand how to follow directions.                                    port from others and learn more about yourself and
SAFETY WHEN PREPARING TO LEAVE: Open a sav-                           the relationship.
ings account and/or a credit card in your own name to start to        FOR TEENS IN A VIOLENT DATING RELA-
establish or increase your independence. Get your own post            TIONSHIP: Decide which friend, teacher, relative
office box. You can privately receive checks and letters to be-       or police officer you can tell. Call any battered
gin your independence. Leave money, an extra set of keys,             woman’s hotline. They can help teens too. Get in-
copies of important documents, extra medicines and clothes            formation about restraining orders from your local
with someone you trust so you can leave quickly. Determine            police or court. Ask a battered woman’s hotline
who would be able to let you stay with them or loan you some          about a teen relationship support group. It will help
money.                                                                you feel less alone as you learn about yourself and
SAFETY IN YOUR OWN HOME: Change the locks on                          your relationship.
your doors as soon as possible. Buy additional locks and safety       STALKING: A person commits the offense of
devices to secure your windows. Discuss a safety plan with            stalking when he or she follows, places under sur-
your children for when you are not with them. Inform your             veillance, or contacts another person at or about a
children’s school, day care, etc., about who has permission to        place or places (public or private property) without
pick up your children. Inform neighbors and landlord that             the consent of the other person for the purpose of
your partner no longer lives with you and that they should call       harassing and intimidating the other person (i.e.
the police if they see him near your home.                            causing emotional distress by placing such person in
SAFETY WITH A PROTECTIVE ORDER: Keep your                             reasonable fear of death or bodily harm to himself or
protective order on you at all times. (When you change your           herself or to a member of his or her immediate fam-
purse, that should be the first thing that goes in it.) Give a copy   ily, and which serves no legitimate purpose.)
to a trusted neighbor or family member. Call the police if your         CHECKLIST: WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE
partner breaks the protective order. Think of alternative ways                        WHEN YOU LEAVE
to keep safe if the police do not respond right away. Inform          IDENTIFICATION: driver’s license, children’s
family, friends, neighbors and your physician or health care          birth certificates, your birth certificate, social secu-
provider that you have a protective order in effect.                  rity card, welfare identification
SAFETY ON THE JOB AND IN PUBLIC: Decide who at                        FINANCIAL: money and/or credit cards, bank e e
work you will inform of your situation - this should include          books, checkbooks, tax returns, earning statements
office or building security. Provide a picture of your batterer if                                          (Continued on page 7)
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         MSP September 2004 Calendar                              SMCI September 2004 Calendar
 1    Ethics and Professionalism               9:00-12:00    3
                                                                  1    Access I (SMCI)                         8:30-12:00
 1    Shotgun Qualification                    8:00-12:00    4
 2    Supervision of Offenders                 9:00-10:30   1.5   1    Power Point I (SMCI)                    1:30- 5:00
 2    Rifle Qualification*-Annual Refresher    8:00-12:00    4
 3    Remedial Training                        8:00- 5:00   8     2    Internet/MISNET(SMCI)                   8:30-10:30
 6    New Employee Orientation                 8:00- 5:00   40
 6    Count Procedures                         9:00-10:30   1     2    ACE Training                            1:30- 2:45
 7    Handgun Qualification*                   8:00- 5:00   8
                                                                  2    ACE Training                            3:00- 4:15
 8    ERT Tactical Training                    8:00- 5:00   8
 8    Managerial Communication                 8:30-12:30   4     6    New Employee Orientation                8:00- 7:00
 8    Handgun Qualification*                   8:00- 5:00   8
 9    CPR/First Aid                            8:00- 5:00   8     9    Career Development                     10:00-11:00
 9    Career Development                       1:00- 2:00   1
                                                                  10   Anti-Harassment                        10:00-11:00
 9    Rifle Qualification*-Annual Refresher    8:00-12:00   4
 10   Stress Management                        9:00-12:00   3     12   Disciplinary Procedures                 8:00- 9:00
 10   Religious Program                        1:00- 2:00   1     13   Annual Refresher Training               8:00- 5:00
 10   Remedial Training                        8:00- 5:00   8
 13   Correctional Officer Academy             8:00- 5:00   40    14   Emergency Actions/Procedures           10:00-11:00
 13   Annual Refresher Training                8:00- 5:00   40
                                                                  15   Standard First Aid/CPR                  8:00- 5:00
 13   Rifle Qualification*-Refresher Makeup    8:00-12:00   4
 14   HIV/AIDS Blood borne Pathogens           8:30-12:30   4     15   Chemical Agents                         3:00- 5:00
 15   ERT Support                              8:00- 5:00   8     16   HIV/AIDS Awareness                     10:00-11:00
 16   HIV/AIDS Blood borne Pathogens           8:30-12:30   4
 16   Rifle Qualification*-Annual Refresher    8:00-12:00   4     16   Blood borne Pathogens                  11:00-12:00
 17   Career Development                      11:00-12:00   1     16   Rifle/Shotgun Re-Qualification          1:00- 5:00
 17   Remedial Training                        8:00- 5:00   8
 20   Annual Refresher Training                8:00- 5:00   40
                                                                  17   Disciplinary Actions/Procedures         2:00- 3:00
 20   Correctional Officer Academy             8:00- 5:00   40    20   Correctional Officer Academy            8:00- 5:00
 20   Rifle Qualification*-Refresher Makeup    8:00-12:00   4
                                                                  20   Annual Refresher Training               8:00- 5:00
 21   CPR Re-certification                     8:30-12:30    4
 21   Shotgun Qualification                    8:00-12:00    4    20   Excel II (SMCI)                         1:30- 5:00
 22   Disciplinary Procedures                 10:00-12:00    2
 23   CPR/First Aid                            8:00- 5:00    8    21   Emergency Actions/Procedures           10:00-11:00
 23   Anti-Harassment                          9:00-12:00    3
                                                                  21   Access II (SMCI)                        8:30-12:00
 23   Rifle Qualification*-Annual Refresher    8:00-12:00    4
 24   Religious Program                        1:00- 2:00    1    21   Word II (SMCI)                          1:30- 5:00
 24   Remedial Training                        8:00- 5:00    8
 27   Annual Refresher Training                8:00- 5:00   40    22   Standard First Aid/CPR                  8:00- 5:00
 27   Correctional Officer Academy             8:00- 5:00   40
 27   Firearms Training – Academy Class        8:00- 5:00   24    22   Chemical Agents                         3:00- 5:00
 27   Excel I (MSP)                            1:30- 5:00   3.5   22   Power Point II (SMCI)                   8:30-12:00
 28   Count Procedures                         9:00-10:30   1.5
 28   Team Building                            9:00-12:00    3    22   Windows I (SMCI)                        1:30- 5:00
 28   Excel I (MSP)                            8:30-12:00   3.5
 28   Power Point I (MSP)                      1:30- 5:00   3.5   23   Outlook I (SMCI)                        8:30- 12:00
 29   Vehicle Searches                         9:00-12:00    3
 29   Emergency Plans                          1:00- 2:00    1    23   ACE Training (SMCI)                     1:00- 2:15
 29   PowerPoint I (MSP)                       8:30-12:00   3.5   23   ACE Training (SMCI)                     2:30- 3:45
 29   Access I (MSP)                           1:30- 5:00   3.5
 30   Access I (MSP)                           8:30-12:00   3.5   23   HIV/AIDS Awareness                     10:00-11:00
 30   Word II (MSP)                            1:30- 5:00   3.5
                                                                  23   Blood borne Pathogens                  11:00-12:00
 30   If You are Taken Hostage                11:00-12:00    1
                                                                  27   Supervisor Management Training          8:00- 5:00
 30   Count Procedures                         1:00- 2:30   1.5
 30   Rifle Qualification*-Annual Refresher    8:00-12:00    4    27   Rifle Qualification *                   1:00- 5:00
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 MSP—New Employee Orientation will be conducted at
 MSP on September 6-10, 2004. The total number attending is
 uncertain at this time. MSP Basic Correctional Officer Train-
 ing Academy will be announced. The total number attending is
 uncertain at this time. A forty (40) hour Annual Refresher
 Course for CO’s will be conducted the last three weeks of Sep-     Commissioner Epps,
 tember. There are forty (40) slots per class. Thirty-eight (38)
                                                                       The 2004 CAMA Conference was the most
 for MSP and two (2) for Community Services. Supervisors,
 please ensure that your staff reports to training on assigned
                                                                    educational and enjoyable that I have ever at-
 dates. In-Service Training at MSP is offered daily. Must sign      tended. The training was superb and your staff
 up at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance in order to attend   was full of southern hospitality. Please thank
 class.                                                             your MDOC Transport Team, the Mayor of Bi-
                                                                    loxi, the hotel staff, and Accreditation Manager
     SMCI—New Employee Orientation is scheduled for Sept.           Mae Henry, and of course, yourself.
 6-10 (10 hrs per week; 8 am to 7 pm). The MDOC CO Train-              The experience has echoed thru the Moun-
 ing Academy is scheduled for Sept. 13-Oct. 1. Annual Re-           tain region and out into the Plains that this
 fresher is scheduled Sept. 13-17 and 20-24, Mon.-Fri., 8 am to     Colorado Accreditation Manager loves Missis-
 5 pm. Rifle Re-Cert.(4-hr) is scheduled for Sept. 16 and 23        sippi.
 starting at 13: 00 hrs. Chemical Agents is scheduled for Sept.
 15 and 22 from 15:00 hrs. to 17:00 hrs. Supervisor Manage-         Thanks again,
 ment is scheduled for Sept. 27-October 1, Mon.-Fri., 8 am to 5     Judy Fuchs, Quality Assurance Manager
 pm. A 4-Hr. basic Handgun/Shotgun course is scheduled for
                                                                    CCA-Kit Carson Correctional Center
 Sept. 27, from 1 pm to 5 pm. Please contact the SMCI Train-
 ing Dept. if more information is needed, at ext 1462, Lt. Scott    Burlington, Colorado
 Hoeflich or Mrs. Scott, Branch Director II at ext. 1178.

       CMCF September 2004 Calendar
  7     New Employee Orientation       8—5            40 Hrs.
  7      If You Are Taken Hostage      8—5             1 Hr.

  7           Outlook I (CO)         8:30—Noon        3.5 Hrs.            A Letter of Thanks
  8          Anti-Harrassment          9—10            1 Hr.
  8            Word I (CO)           8:30—Noon        3.5 Hrs.          Once again, the family at Central Mississippi
                                                                    Correctional Facility (CMCF) has gone above and
  9          Outlook II (CO)         8:30—Noon        3.5 Hrs.
                                                                    beyond the call of duty. A benefit was held for Offi-
  9         Security Procedures        8—9             1 Hr.        cer Natasha Cavett who recently lost her home and
  9       Blood Borne Pathogens        1—3            2 Hrs.        all of her belongings in a fire. The benefit was suc-
  9        HIV/AIDS Awareness          3—5            2 Hrs.        cessful in raising over 1,600 dollars for Officer Ca-
                                                                    vett. Officer Cavett stated, “I am eternally grateful
  10         Emergency Plans          8—Noon          4 Hrs.
                                                                    for the generosity and support I have been given by
  13      Supervisor Management        8—5            40 Hrs.       my CMCF family.” The benefit was organized by:
                                                                    Catherine Jenkins, Lt. James Fillyaw, Officer
  13           CO Academy              8—5            40 Hrs.       Vivian Frazier, Cynthia Booker, and Elizabeth
  13      Community Corrections        8—5            40 Hrs.       Esterling. We would like to extend our hearts and
           Management Training                                      continued prayers to Officer Cavett. The CMCF
  20     Pre-Supervisory Manage-       8—5            40 Hrs.       family has again come together in providing help in
              ment Training                                         times of need. Superintendent Lawrence Kelly said,
  20           CO Academy              8—5            40 Hrs.       “I want to extend my gratitude to all who helped
  20      Field Officer Refresher      8—5            40 Hrs.
                                                                    out with the fundraising activities, I am always
                (Greenville)                                        proud of my staff and their willingness to help oth-
  27     Annual Refresher Training     8—5            40 Hrs.       ers in times of need.”
                                                                                            Adam Lee, Communications Specialist
  27           CO Academy              8—5            40 Hrs.                                          Office of Communications
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 September Birthday Wishes!
    MSP—Shaka Allison, 9/2; Tracy Alsup, 9/29; Mary Anderson,           9/22; Brina Oscar, 9/1; Sharon Paige, 9/12; Carol Pearine,
9/6; Ann Armstrong, 9/1; Florida Bass, 9/5; Kimberlyn Bass, 9/25;       9/1; Valerie Pittman, 9/16; Susan Powell, 9/14; Katrina
Ludella Bell, 9/21; Mildred Blunt, 9/10; Joeanthan Boclair, 9/20;       Reid, 9/18; annie Robinson, 9/2; Broderick Robinson,
Nazaree Booker, 9/16; Sharon Boss, 9/18; Curtis Bracey, 9/17; Ros-      9/24; Cynthia Rucker, 9/30; Danny Ryals, 9/4; Cynthia
lyn Brandon, 9/17; Meila Browley, 9/27; Shenika Brown, 9/22; Wil-       Smith, 9/9; Shelby Smith, 9/29; Bertha Spivey, 9/2; Love-
lie Brown, 9/19; Margie Buckley, 9/25; Eugene Cannon, 9/27; Cyn-        lace Tartt, Jr., 9/19; Eric Terry, 9/17; Rachel Thornton,
thia Cayson, 9/14; Violet Coaten, 9/24; Marilyn Corbin, 9/26;           9/30; Michael Tillman, 9/10; Lance Triggs, 9/10; Michael
Kawaris Crowell, 9/28; Karen Cummins, 9/12; James Dill, 9/27;           Walworth, 9/29; Lessie Williams, 9/30; Josephine Woods,
Oma Dill, 9/11; Ada Dorsey, 9/13; Patricia Duncan, 9/28; Lakesha        9/4; and Brian Worthey, 9/27.
Fisher, 9/30; Stanley Flagg, 9/1; Darlester Foster, 9/7; Chandra Ger-      SMCI—Tommie Ayer, 9/8; Cynthia Bivens, 9/20; Rita
man, 9/12; Michael German, 9/20; Tommie Gordon, 9/10; Edgar             Bonner, 9/26; Stevon Bounds, 9/29; Pamela Causey, 9/22;
Graham, 9/18; Kevan Green, 9/21; Cedtress Griffin, 9/29; Jequanna       Buford Clark, 9/24; Sheryl Clark, 9/8; Patricia Crawford,
Griffin, 9/20; Sarah Griffin, 9/13; Jennifer Hannon, 9/2; Larry         9/17; Sidney Crews, 9/4; Charlotte Davis, 9/5; Mark
Hardy, 9/16; James Harris, 9/8; Rea Harris, 9/30; Roosevelt Harris,     Davis, 9/2; Lawanda Denmark, 9/11; Kay Dueitt, 9/21;
9/25; Tramer Hooper, 9/14; Cenior Hunt, 9/26; Jimmy Hunt, 9/23;         Nina Enlers, 9/11; Yolanda Everette, 9/21; Gary Freeman,
Helen Hunter, 9/13; Robert Irons, 9/29; Bernice Jackson, 9/11;          9/8; Christy Haggard, 9/25; Vergie Holland, 9/1; Corey
James Jackson, 9/26; Winnie Jackson, 9/23; Barbara Johnson, 9/8;        Hood, 9/12; Melba Jensen, 9/17; William Madden, 9/26;
Lois Johnson, 9/11; Gloria Jones, 9/3; Morika Jones, 9/11; Queen        Kenneth Mason, 9/1; Martin McClendon, 9/8; Colleen
Jones, 9/28; Shawonna Kemp, 9/21; Larry Keys, 9/2; Herman               McLeod, 9/18; Brenda Mosley, 9/29; Tracy Munn, 9/17;
Knight, 9/30; Charlotte Land, 9/27; Sherlie Larry, 9/10; John Lee,      Justin Pope, 9/18; Bessie Reeves, 9/18; Bettie Robinson,
9/23; James Lewis, 9/25; Toshebia Lewis, 9/4; Celia Lindsey, 9/14;      9/2; Felicia Simpson, 9/21; Eddie Smith, 9/10; Elwyn
Maxine Lynch, 9/22; Conrad McKay, 9/16; Connie McKnight, 9/22;          Smith, 9/25; Glenda Smith, 9/12; Christopher Swindle,
Marvin Miller, 9/9; Shirley Miller, 9/12; Wanda Miller, 9/10; Gloria    9/4; Donna Taylor, 9/8; Tessa Taylor, 9/27; Marshal
Moore, 9/10; Theresa Murphy, 9/7; Abigail Nash, 9/6; Pamela Nel-        Turner, 9/17; Rongelia Turner, 9/1; Mary Waltz, 9/5; San-
son, 9/4; Jerry Oaks, 9/6; Roger Parker, 9/18; James Patterson, 9/9;    dra Wells, 9/24; and Ramona Zehner, 9/8.
Curtis Peace, 9/1; Margaret Peterson, 9/24; Betty Powell, 9/8; Leroy       Community Corrections—Freddie Allen, 9/23; Shelli
Powell, 9/8; Patricia Powell, 9/29; Arthur Robinson, 9/26; Gloria       Bobinger, 9/30; Teresa Bonner, 9/25; Claude Brumfield,
Robinson, 9/25; Pamela Robinson, 9/13; Stephen Rogers, 9/28; Mar-       9/27; Robert Cherry, 9/29; Mack Cox, 9/28; Stacy Davis,
cus Rosebur, 9/7; Mary Savell, 9/11; Dorothy Scott, 9/5; Ruby Scott,    9/2; Rebecca Dearmon, 9/3; William Dickson, 9/12; Tom-
9/28; Sandra Shaw, 9/12; Chewanda Spurlock, 9/21; Robert Stamps,        mie Doyle, 9/3; Anthony Dunn, 9/13; Jennifer Dykes,
9/5; Robert Stone, 9/17; Robert Sumner, 9/6; Robert Tarsi, 9/21;        9/17; Brian Freeman, 9/16; Jerry Gifford, 9/22; Tiffany
Annie Tellis, 9/14; Linda Thomas, 9/26; Gloria Thompson, 9/12;          Gillespie, 9/16; Tamela Harris, 9/8; Mark Haygood, 9/2;
Doris Tillman, 9/21; Mildred Toombs, 9/18; Daphen Tyler, 9/29;          Marion Hill, 9/7; Alvin Jobe, 9/26; Bobby Johnson, 9/28;
James Walker, 9/3; Bonnie Ware, 9/26; Willie Ware, 9/9; Jennifer        Bobby Johnson, 9/30; Theresa Lawson, 9/17; Charles
Washington, 9/27; Rasheeda Washington, 9/15; Terina Washington,         Ledbetter, 9/9; Readis Marshall, 9/21; Ruben Martin, 9/12;
9/2; Raynette Wells, 9/12; Carolyn Wiggins, 9/27; Arleatha Wil-         Mattie Mayberry, 9/11; Lawrence Mayo, 9/3; Marcus
liams, 9/10; Beverly Williams, 9/3; Sherri Williams, 9/13; Sherron      McClure, 9/7; Marquan McCoy, 9/8; Randy Nygaard,
Williams, 9/14; Dorothy Willis, 9/10; Juwonda Willis, 9/12; and         9/19; Connie Odom, 9/27; Luci Powell, 9/28; William
Marian Winters.                                                         Reagan, 9/11; Walter Reed, 9/26; Alton Robinson, 9/26;
    CMCF—Alice Arnold, 9/2; Billy Barlow, 9/8; Irma Barnes, 9/21;       Bernice Saffold, 9/3; Melanie Schurb, 9/16; John Smith,
Tracy Beard, 9/16; Chandra Berryman, 9/6; Jacqueline Boyles, 9/7;       9/4; Marlow Stewart, 9/11; Willie Sumner, 9/9; Greg
Gertrude Branch, 9/17; Billy Brinson, 9/13; Hubert Brown, 9/18;         Talley, 9/3; Tanya Thompson, 9/15; Brenda Varnado,
Robert Brunson, 9/16; Maxine Carter, 9/14; Gloria Clark, 9/17;          9/14; Donald Walton, 9/21; Steven Westbrook, 9/4; Jerry
Minnie Coleman, 9/26; Jarvis Conner, 9/13; Jacqueline Edwards,          Wiggs, 9/25; and Shirley Wooten, 9/27.
9/16; Phyllis Ellington, 9/10; Deirdra Evans, 9/14; Reba Frazier,          Central Office—Juanita Barbour, 9/20; Joseph Black-
9/21; Cheryl Hall, 9/11; Joel Harper, 9/9; Ami Haynes, 9/2; Willie      ston, 9/2; Jacqueline Brunson, 9/18; Sonny Edwards, 9/20;
Herring, 9/20; Marquisha Hobson, 9/2; Travarus Horton, 9/1; Shirley     Lauretha Hall, 9/9; Gay Marsalis, 9/14; Rick McCarty,
Johnson, 9/29; Amanda Jones, 9/20; Cassandra Jones, 9/2; Edgar          9/16; Gia McLeod, 9/20; Alma Moore, 9/16; Marvin
Jones, 9/8; Jameka Jordon, 9/17; Padrean Kelly, 9/9; Santonio           Overstreet, 9/9; Sherry Robinson, 9/18; Brenda Rouser,
Longino, 9/5; Brenda Martin, 9/27; Gwendolyn McGrigg, 9/24;             9/3; Katherine Stierle, 9/25; Gloria Taylor, 9/26; and
Stephanie McGruder, 9/15; David McMillian, 9/10; Eddie Moore,           Diann Thompson, 9/9.
9/28; Rochelle Neely, 9/9; Marcus Newsome, 9/5; Janet Nichols,          Happy Birthday from the MDOC Family!
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         Commissioner Epps                                          Employee Life Insurance
           Claims Victory                                         Premiums Will See Reduction
                                                                          In October
     The American Correctional Association (ACA) has
announced Commissioner Epps as the winning candi-
date for a position on the Board of the Commission on                Effective October 1, 2004, employees will see a reduc-
Accreditation for Corrections. Elected by the member-             tion in their active employee life insurance premiums. The
ship of ACA which includes all disciplines within the             new rate will be 12 cents/$1000 dollars worth of coverage
corrections profession world-wide, Commissioner Epps              where previously the rate was 15 cents/$1000. This reduc-
will serve a four-year term on the board representing             tion will be reflected in the September 30, 2004 pay-
the Association of State Correctional Administrators.             checks, since premiums are collected a month in advance.
     In his position on the board, the commissioner will             To summarize this change, on our current coverage we
play a key leadership role among his colleagues as they           will be paying a little less for our life coverage, but for the
work together defining issues and executing the ac-               employees pre-taxing their premium, you will be pre-
creditation process for all correctional components of            taxing less also.
the criminal justice system.                                          For the lucky employees who will be bringing home a
     Commissioner Epps commented that he was deeply               few cents more, don’t spend it all in one place! If you have
honored to be deemed worthy of such an important                  any questions please call the payroll office at MSP. The
post. Following the election the Commissioner stated,             phone number is 662-745-6611, extension 2361.
“I am thrilled to have received the confidence of my                                                            Karen Ware, Director
peers by their vote and look forward to serving my term
with 100 percent commitment.”
     Harry Lappin, Director of the Federal Bureau of
Prisons, congratulated the commissioner on his victory                   Congratulations Are Extended
by saying, “Your election to this leadership position is
testimony to the respect and trust that your colleagues                  To...Justin Brown and Kristen Campbell, Region I
hold for you. Be assured that the Federal Bureau of               Area IV, on their recent graduation from the MS Law En-
Prisons and I stand ready and willing to support you              forcement Training Academy.
and ACA in every way.”                                               MDOC recognizes that the past few weeks have been
     Commissioner, congratulations on your victory from           academically challenging as well as physically streneous,
the MDOC family. We are so proud of your accom-                   as you completed a rigorous training program. We salute
plishment and thank you for being an inspiration to us            your motivation and discipline as you completed this
all.                                                              course of study!
                                                                                                                Marc McClure, FOIII
          We’ve always known you were a winner!                                                                    Region I, Area IV

                                  Suzanne Singletary, Director
                                    Office of Communications

                                                                     Domestic Violence Safety Plan
                                                                 (Continued from page 3)
                                                                 LEGAL PAPERS: your restraining order, lease/rental
                                                                 agreement/house deed, car registration and insurance pa-
                                                                 pers, health and life insurance papers, medical records for
                                                                 you and your children, school records, work permits/green
     “Ability is what you’re capable of doing...                 card/VISA, passport, divorce papers, custody papers
       Motivation determines what you do...                      OTHER: house and car keys, medications, small sellable
      Attitude determines how well you do it.”                   objects, address book, phone card, pictures of you, children
                                                                 & your abuser, children’s small toys, toiletries/diapers,
                                                                 change of clothes for you and your kids.
                                                                                                              Tara Frazier, Director
                                                                                                              MDOC Victim Services
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business document creation; and Word Processing, which focuses on Microsoft® Word. Professional Development, Me-
chanics of Communication, Applied Business Math, and Records Management courses are also available.
    “I kept asking myself what I could do to give my students an additional tool to be successful in finding a job in the
‘free world,’” Mabry said. “The skills developed through my program would be their primary tool, but they would need
an extra tool to overcome their criminal record.”
    Mabry first identified that “extra tool” at the Computer and Technology Show in Jackson, Mississippi. A local Certi-
port Center attending the show provided her information about the Microsoft Office Specialist program. After a few stu-
dents passed Office Specialist exams using the local testing center, Mabry began working directly with Certiport to es-
tablish the school as its own testing center. A classroom was prepared for administering the testing program, a new com-
puter was purchased, communication wires and Internet access were installed, Certiport Approved Courseware was se-
lected, and funds for purchasing the exams were provided using the Inmate Welfare Fund that results from monies col-
lected at the inmate canteen facility. The Vocational School was ready to begin testing.
    To ensure competency in the areas she teaches, Mabry created task sheets, which document the information students
need to learn to complete the course. The Word Processing task sheet includes 26 tasks. When a student completes half
of the tasks, she takes a practice test for the Specialist exam. When the remaining tasks are complete, she is given a prac-
tice test for the Expert exam. When she passes the practice tests with a score of 100 percent, she may take the Microsoft
Word 2000 exam. If she passes that exam, she may take the Microsoft Word 2000 Expert exam.
   “They work toward the goal of taking the test,” Mabry said. But just in case they don’t pass the first time, Mabry lev-
erages Certiport retake promotions to help students be successful. “’No Fear Friday’ was a huge benefit to us. The in-
mates were able to retake the exams, and they passed.” She said Certiport’s $10-retake offers are also beneficial.
   “Once they get into the program, they realize the benefit of it. They do well. I know it will help them when they get
out,” Mabry said.
   Thirty-five certifications have been awarded at the Vocational School, and one inmate has earned Master Certification
by passing five different Office Specialist exams. The majority of certified students have earned Microsoft Word 2000
certification; several students have also passed the Microsoft Excel 2000 exam.
  “If they progress through the Word exams rapidly, they can go beyond the curriculum to take Excel exams and even
Access exams,” Mabry said.
    Some inmates have been able to reduce their sentences because of their success in Mabry’s course. Upon release from
prison, Mabry’s students have been able to effectively contribute to society. Students who pursue college have been able
to receive college credit because of their Office Specialist certifications. One inmate who earned Microsoft Word 2000
and Microsoft Excel 2000 certifications currently works in Jackson at a recovery center for addicts, many of whom are
   “Without education, they don’t have a chance,” Mabry said. But when they are in the “free world,” they are able to
secure employment because of their education and certification. As they begin paying income taxes, they are paying
back the system and giving other inmates the opportunity for reform and success in the “free world.”
   “If only one inmate doesn’t come back to prison, we’ve done a service to society,” Mabry said. “We are so pleased
Certiport has given us this opportunity.”
    Christopher Epps, Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, agreed. “This is a valuable program
for the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the State of Mississippi. It effectively helps inmates build new skills
and contribute to the workplace,” he said.
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                     Serious and Violent Offenders Initiative
              Mississippi “Going Home” Reentry Program
   It was on a Friday evening June 4, 2004 that Medgar Gibbs (Field Officer) and I were waiting pa-
tiently for Steven to arrive. Today, Steven gets out of Parchman where he’s been incarcerated since
June 2001. He should have reported to our office by now. Therefore we are getting a little anxious
about him not being here as his status is still classified as a state inmate. His absconding would be
termed as an escape. This would require notification of MDOC agency head, state, county, and local
law enforcement officials. Medgar got in the state car and went to the bus station to look for him. I
got in the van and went to the Transition House that was approved as a residence for Steven.
    Whew! What a relief! Steven was coming down the stairs. He’d walked from the bus station to the transition house.
He reported that the house manager refused to let him use the telephone to call us. I told Steven to come with me to the
office so that we could complete all necessary paperwork. In our interview with Steven it was discovered that the address
for his father’s home had erroneously been reported and denied. Once we discovered the correct address and that Ste-
ven’s father is an upstanding man known to us we gave permission for Steven to live with his father. However, we, with-
out Steven’s knowledge, called and asked the father if he wanted Steven to live with him. He said he wanted to see his
son and wanted him to live with him. He then asked if he could come to the office and pick up Steven. We agreed that he
could come get Steven and take him home.
    When Steven’s father arrived he brought Steven’s seven year old daughter with him. He didn’t tell the quiet, little girl
she was going to see her dad. When Steven entered the room and this child saw her father, all of the shyness evaporated.
She screamed, “Daddy! Daddy!” This huge man scooped the child up in his arms and with tears streaming down his face
kept repeating to her as he hugged her so tightly, ”I’m home, I’m not leaving you again, I promise. I’m home, baby.”
    It was at that moment I forgot Steven was a state inmate, convict, offender, all of the commonly used names for per-
sons released from incarceration. Steven has a great chance of keeping his promise to his daughter because of the Mis-
sissippi “Going Home” Reentry Program.
    Steven will have a job, if he didn’t have a home to go to, we would have provided living quarters. The Employment
Specialist has already taken an application on him. The Mississippi Employment Security representative will see him the
following week with more job opportunities. Counseling will be given on a weekly basis and continuing educational ac-
tivities will be offered. All of this is made possible by the Reentry Initiative.
    The Reentry Initiative Program is funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Labor and Housing.
Currently, MDOC and the Mississippi Department of Human Services Youth Division, and Jackson State University are
sharing the grant money to run the program for adults and juveniles.
    The program officially began May 2003. There are three phases to this program.
1. Institutional Phase (Pre-Release at Unit 25 Parchman)
2. Community Phase (Day Reporting Center at 750 Boling Street in Jackson, Mississippi)
3. Faith –Based involvement throughout all three phases and will continue when supervision has terminated.
    The “Going Home” Reentry Program is a pilot program pertaining to those offenders returning to or living in Hinds,
     Madison or Rankin Counties.
    Eligibility Criteria
        Males – ages 20 to 35 years old.
        Convicted of assaultive type crimes, habitual offenders, arsonists, sex offenders and or drug sales.
        Must have no detainers.
        No serious RVR’s within six months of request for participation.
        Must have a minimum of one year post release supervision (parole, probation or ERS).
        Must meet pre-release criteria.
    It is a known fact that a man without support, a job, or a place to live will return to incarceration within 6 months of
release. This program provides the employment support, educational and living components needed to survive. It in-
volves faith-based mentors who continue the walk with participants to ensure successful reentry into a crime free life
long after the supervision period has ended.
    For more information about the Mississippi “Going Home” Reentry Initiative Program regarding adults call Gail C.
Smith, Branch Director II at (601) 960-0574. For information pertaining to the Youthful Offenders Dennis Adams may
be reached at that number as well.
                                                                                                                Gail C. Smith
                                                                                                            Branch Director II
Mississippi Department of

Human Resources
MS Department of Corrections
723 N. President Street
Jackson, MS 39202

Phone: 601-359-5785
Fax: 601-359-5685

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                                     FROM THE EDITOR
                                       MDOC would like to wish active-duty employees of the National Guard a heartfelt
                                     welcome home. We are proud of the service each of you give to our country and we
                                     are so thankful to have you back with us.
                                        CMCF welcomes home Willie Catchings, Nicole Keys, Marcus Mosley, Donald
                                     Carter, Christopher Johnson, Joseph Willis, Stevon Bounds, Kenard West, Norris
                                     Kennedy, and Eddie Sumrell.
                                        MSP welcomes home Gerri Anderson, Timothy Metcalf, Anthony Pitts, Jimmy
                                     Smith, Michael German, Carol Taylor, Alvin Lucas, Norris Irving, Keith Armstrong,
                                     Carrie Redding-Gallion, Lakesha Martin, Charles Nalls, Carmel Johnson, Stephanie
                                     Davis, Carlos Horton, Lisa Pierce, Melvin Hilson, Thomas Dye, Melvin Smith, and
                                     Michael Brown.
  Stay cool, folks...                   SMCI welcomes home Douglas Shepherd, John Roberts, Timothy Morris, Buford
                                     Clark, Albert Hoeflich, and Shoney Lucious.
Autumn is on the way!
                                        CC/CO welcomes home Marc Wilson, John Whitaker, Clarence Thomas, Arthur
                                     Young, Ted Rogers, Victor Montgomery, Tonya Palmer, Patricia Guyton, and Jerry
                                     Wiggs. Hopefully in the days to come, we can welcome all of our loved ones home.
                                        In anticipation of the September issue, if any of our readers have an interesting
                                     remembrance of the September 11 tragedy, please let me know. We will include your
                                     thoughts in the September issue of The Resource.