Below is a press release from the Mississippi Department of Corrections:
The Mississippi Department of Corrections is launching another program to help inmates get good jobs when they leave. Tomorrow, Friday, December 17, 2021, Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain and his staff will unveil a MOBILE WELDING TRAINING CENTER that can be used in all correctional facilities across the state. The 53-foot-long, 18-wheel trailer houses eight high-tech welding simulators to train inmates for careers in welding.
âMississippi is working hard to reduce the rate of recidivism,â Commissioner Cain said. âOne of the main reasons prisoners come back when they are released is because they have inadequate job skills. We can help them overcome this through training and it makes our communities safer. ”
Deputy Commissioner for Reintegration Programs Pedro Moreno added, âWe started our reintegration program by asking what kind of jobs do Mississippi businesses need? How much do they pay? And what is the time limit on the learning curve? Mississippi’s manufacturing and construction industries are doing well, so MDOC matches our skills training with labor needs.
The mobile class will move between state prisons every 90 days, long enough for inmate apprentices to obtain their certification. Instructors can train 32 inmates per day. The mobile center saves the state the cost of constructing training buildings in each prison, and it was built without taxpayer money. MDOC, Mississippi Prison Industries Corporation (MPIC), and Veterans Career Training Education Center refurbished a Mayflower moving van to create the mobile unit.
“We are going to train welders, men and women,” Moreno said. âWe are opening the program to women at the Mississippi Correctional Center first. About a hundred of them have applied to date. And then MDOC will also be instrumental in helping them get a placement once they’re on parole.
Commissioner Cain, Executive Deputy Commissioner Karei McDonald and Deputy Commissioners Moreno, Jeworski Mallett and Nathan Blevins, as well as FCCM Superintendent Marcus McClure will be on hand to cut the ribbon. The event will start at 11:00 am on Friday December 17th in the CMCF Administration Building in Pearl.