The state has a method of getting those who owe fines and restitution to victims to pay their debt to society.
The Mississippi Department of Correction has figured out a fair, effective and legal way to work those who owe fines and restitution, pay them and get those fines and fees taken care of.
The MDOC’s restitution center program provides an alternative to incarceration for minimal risk offenders who are in need of a more structured environment.
Residents serving time in a restitution center are referred to as residents. Residents who qualify for the restitution center program are required to work and pay full or partial payments to crime victims.
Residents also have to pay room and board fees ($10 per day), court fees and establish a savings account. Residents are required to serve a minimum of 40 hours of free community service.
MDOC currently has four restitution centers located in Hinds County (Jackson), Jackson County (Pascagoula), Leflore County (Greenwood) and Rankin County (Flowood). Each restitution center houses about 62 residents. For mailing addresses, Restitution Centers.
How does a resident get assigned to a restitution center?
Offenders can be classified to a restitution center three ways:
• Revocation of probation by a judge
• Sentenced out of inmate status prior to completion of their sentence
• Sentenced directly by a judge
Candidates are screened for acceptance to the program prior to sentencing. In addition, several criteria must be met. They include:
• Offenders must be a first time offender
• Offenders must not have drug, alcohol or emotional problems so serious that they appear unlikely to be able to meet the obligations of the restitution sentence
• Offenders must be in good mental and physical health
• Offenders must be employable
• Offenders must have a sincere desire to participate in the restitution program
The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Community Corrections Division has four restitution centers that house residents. Those serving their sentence at a restitution center work for businesses in the community to pay for their court-ordered assessments, restitution, fines, fees, and any court costs.
For additional information on how this might work in your community, contact the Restitution Centers below.
EVERETT MATHENEY, WARDEN
GREENWOOD RESTITUTION CENTER
(NOW LOCATED AT THE DELTA CORRECTIONAL FACILITY)
3800 Baldwin Road, CR 540
Greenwood, MS 38930
Shatoby Perry-Smith, Case Manager
Albert Carter, Probation/Parole Agent
FLOWOOD RESTITUTION CENTER
1632 Highway 80 East
Flowood, MS 39232
Valerie Buie, Deputy Warden
Otis Bailey, Commander
Vacant, Correctional Supervisor
LaToya Anderson, Case Manager
Felicia Beard, Case Manager
Vacant, Probation/Parole Agent
Vacant, Correctional Service Aide II
Mr. Stacy Wright,Correctional Alcohol & Drug Counselor
PASCAGOULA RESTITUTION CENTER
1721 E. Kenneth Avenue
Pascagoula, MS 39568
Latonya Thompson, Correctional Commander
Vacant Correctional Supervisor Vacant, Case Manager