MDOC - Mississippi State Penitentiary

State Prison

Last Updated: May 31, 2023
PO Box 1057 - Hwy 49 W, Parchman, MS 38738

MS State Penitentiary is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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MDOC - Mississippi State Penitentiary basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 662-745-6611

The inmates housed at MS State Penitentiary located at PO Box 1057 - Hwy 49 W in Parchman, MS are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

It is the mission of the Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP) to provide public safety by maintaining the confinement of offenders within a safe, secure humane, and cost-effective environment while providing meaningful work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist them in becoming productive law-abiding citizens upon their release. MSP is the state’s oldest Institution, opening in 1901. It is located on approximately 18,000 acres at Parchman, MS in Sunflower County. MSP has a capacity of approximately 3,590 beds, which consist of fifty-eight (58) support buildings and seven (7) different housing units, ranging in size from fifty-six (56) beds at Unit 42 (Hospital) to 1,568 beds at Unit 29, (Unit 29 is MSP primary farming support unit).

This farming unit is responsible for providing food to three State prisons. The Penitentiary consists of 58 support buildings and seven housing units. Inmates can take vocational courses in agriculture, auto body repair, automotive/diesel mechanics, communications, HVAC, welding, carpentry, electrical, culinary arts and marine maintenance. In addition, inmates can earn a GED and adult basic education. Inmates who need to are encouraged to take substance abuse treatment programs, pre-release programs, and various faith-based programs.

MSP houses all adult male inmates who are classified as Protective Custody, Administrative Segregation, Administrative Long-Term Segregation, and Death Row. MSP custody levels consist of minimum, medium, and close.
All male Death Row offenders are housed at MSP, Unit 29, and all female offenders sentenced to death are housed at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County.
MSP offenders provide more than 100,000 hours of free offender labor each year to adjacent municipalities and counties, as well as assisting other state agencies. Programs offered at MSP include:
Therapeutic Recreation
Religious Programs
Independent Study and Tutorial Programs
Faith-Based Program
Alcohol & Drug Program
ABE/GED Programs
Administrative Remedy Program (ARP)

Vocational Skills:

  • Agri-Business
  • Auto Body & Fender
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Carpentry
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Communications Systems Installer
  • Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Industrial Electricity
  • Marine Maintenance
  • Welding
  • Culinary Arts

Mississippi Prison Industries operates a work program at the MSP and utilizes more than 296,400 offender’s man-hours in its textile and metal fabrication. On a monthly average, 190 offenders work in these shops.

All MDOC facilities and grounds including Mississippi State Penitentiary became tobacco-free. The use or possession of tobacco (cigarettes, loose tobacco, cigar, snuff, chewing tobacco and any preparation of tobacco, (tobacco substitutes), smoking paraphernalia (matches, lighter, cigarette papers), and packaging material (snuff or cigarette containers) is prohibited. These items are considered and will no longer be permitted by inmates, staff or visitors. Any possession of these items will result in appropriate administrative action.

MDOC no longer provides Family Visitation offered for married offenders and their immediate family members.
MDOC no longer provides Conjugal Visitation between legally married offenders and their spouses.

All offender executions are carried out at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Unit 17 by Lethal Injection.

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MDOC - Mississippi State Penitentiary is a facility in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

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Covid Visitation Information

COVID-19 INFORMATION AND UPDATES for MDOC - Mississippi State Penitentiary

NOTICE: Visitation remains suspended at all MDOC facilities until further notice due to COVID-19.

Regulations pertaining to visitation will be made available to all offenders at the time of admission. The same information will be made available to visitors upon request, but it is the responsibility of each inmate to provide his/her intended visitors with the rules and regulations concerning visitation.

In response to developments with COVID-19, the Mississippi Department of Corrections will continue to take action to protect staff, inmates, and the public. The MDOC is committed to ensuring inmates' rights, safety, and health are safeguarded through this process. The department is in constant communication with the Office of the Governor, the Mississippi Department of Health, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and other authorities.

Visitation Information

MDOC - Mississippi State Penitentiary - Visitation

VISITING AN INMATE AT MSP - MSP Visitation Department is open 7 days of the week.

Medium & Minimum Custody Offenders – Saturday or Sunday, 0900 – 1400 hours. Each unit has its own assigned visitation days.


Protective Custody Offenders - *PC Minimum Custody - every Monday, (except 5th)

*PC Medium Custody – 2nd & 4th Monday; *PC Closed Custody –3rd Monday non-contact.

Closed Custody Offenders – Unit 29 – 2nd or 4th Tuesday; 2nd, 3rd or 4th Wednesday; 2nd Thursday.

Death Row Offenders – 1st & 3rd Tuesdays.

Long-Term Administrative Segregation Status – One (1) hour non-contact visit on the 1st Wednesday..

  • Each offender is allowed to fill out a visitation list with ten (10) visitors. The list should be created at Receiving & Classification.
  • A visitor cannot be on two offender's list unless they are immediate family. Documentation is required.
  • Each visitor must have a valid state or federal ID.

Visitors will not be permitted entrance to any unit in the institution without photographic identification. The Superintendent or designee will approve any exception. Identification required will be Federal or State-issued photograph identification.

Visitors with infants may have one (1) diaper bag with up to four (4) diapers, two (2) bottles, one (1) change of baby clothes a, one (1) pacifier and diaper wipes in a zip lock bag and any necessary medication for the infant.

  • Visitors are scanned by the scanner and searched by staff before departing the visitation center.
  • Visitors will be processed through the Visitation Center between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Visitors are bused to the units and the last bus leaves at 1:30 p.m.


  • The offender will be the only one allowed to purchase the canteen bag.
  • The offender will purchase the canteen bag the week of the family scheduled visit. (Limit of three)
  • He will do so by using his code on the same call he purchases his weekly canteen order.
  • The family will be limited to 3 bags and will not be allowed to bring in any currency.
  • The family will follow the visitation rules and regulations before advancing to the Canteen window.


  • Shirts must be worn
  • No tank tops or bare midriffs or sleeveless tops
  • Shorts may not be above the knee
  • No cut-off shorts, jogging shorts, or biking shorts
  • Shoes must be worn (no house or shower shoes)
  • Underwear must be worn
  • No pants pulled below the hip line
  • No hats or head covering of any kind
  • Hats, caps, and bandanas will not be permitted
  • medical alert bracelet


  • Shorts at knee level or below
  • No hip huggers, cut-offs, jogging shorts or biking shorts
  • Skirts and dresses shall not be above the knee
  • Slits shall not extend above the knee when seated
  • No see-through clothing
  • No tank tops or bare midriffs or sleeveless tops
  • Shoes must be worn (no house or shower shoes)
  • Underwear and bra must be worn
  • Hats, caps and bandanas will not be permitted
  • No jewelry except wedding ring, a religious medallion, and a medical alert bracelet
  • Dress code applies to children also.
  • Visitors departing units are not allowed to bring anything from units except canteen purchases.


Individuals who are convicted felons will be prohibited from visiting offenders except in those cases where immediate family relations can be established. In such cases, the superintendent will grant permission in writing. Visitors must show this written authorization each time they visit.


All visitors 14 years of age or older must have a picture ID and be on the offender's approved list. The ID must display their date of birth. All children under 14 years of age will bring a legible birth certificate.


Visiting privileges may be suspended temporarily or permanently for any of the following reasons:

  • If a visitor possesses money or any negotiable instruments while on the grounds of the institution.
  • If a visitor possesses tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia while on the grounds of the institution.
  • If a visitor possesses a knife, firearm, explosives or explosive material while on the grounds of the institution.
  • If a visitor engages in any behavior which may be designated inappropriate by the Superintendent or designee.

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