East Mississippi Correctional Facility

East Mississippi Correctional Facility is a mixed-class state prison for male inmates that is located near Meridian, Mississippi. This facility opened in 1999, and it is a special needs prison for inmates with serious mental illness. The maximum capacity of this facility is 1,500.

This facility is one of the prisons in the state of Mississippi that operate under a contract between the Mississippi Department of Corrections and a private company. Numerous for-profit companies have managed this facility over the past two decades, but they have all come under fire because of East Mississippi Correctional Facility’s horrible conditions, human rights violations, and substandard medical treatment for inmates. This prison has also been the subject of numerous investigations and lawsuits.

Currently, the Management and Training Corporation (MTC) has the contract for East Mississippi Correctional Facility. However, according to the ACLU, this prison is still “Hell on Earth.”

MTC prepares incarcerated men to successfully return to their communities. Nearly all of the men incarcerated at East Mississippi Correctional Facility will eventually be released. It’s MTC’s responsibility to provide a wide range of educational, vocational, substance abuse, cognitive behavioral, and life skills programs to prepare these men to successfully return to their communities. 

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at East Mississippi Correctional Facility are not published online. Please contact the facility to find out when your loved one has visiting hours.

General Visiting Rules

  • All visitors will be required to properly identify themselves with Visitor ID cards, drivers license, Military ID, or State ID and will be required to register at the visitor registration desk.
  • All cars are to be parked in the assigned parking areas and are subject to search.
  • Visitors will not be allowed to maintain possession of their personal keys while in the visitation center.
  • Visitors will be allowed to bring in $20.00 currency and coins to purchase bagged items at the visitation processing center.  No money will be allowed in the visitation center.
  • Visitors are not allowed to bring cigarettes and/or tobacco in the institutional visitation center.
  • Visitors will be allowed to bring prescribed medication into the institution only in the necessary dosage.
  • Visitors will leave cell phones, wallets, purses, handbags, change purses, excessive clothing, etc., locked in their vehicles.
  • Visitors with infants may have one diaper bag, two diapers, two bottles of formula or juice, one pacifier, one infant receiving blanket, and one change of baby clothes. Car seats, carriers, and strollers are not allowed.
  • Visitors will have the top of the right hand stamped prior to entry into the visitation center.
  • Visitors are prohibited from trading or selling anything to a visitor.


A visit will be denied or terminated and visiting privileges suspended by the Superintendent or designee for any of the following circumstances:

  • If a visitor is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • If a visitor refuses to submit to a search
  • If a visitor refuses or fails to produce sufficient identification or falsifies identifying information
  • If a visitor violates institutional visiting rules
  • If a visitor fails to prevent children from acting in a disturbing and disruptive manner in the visiting area
  • If a visitor displays excessive physical contact with an offender
  • If in the judgment of the respective Unit Administrator, necessary order and security cannot be maintained, action will be taken to terminate the visit
  • If the visitor is improperly dressed

Dress Code

Visitors will be dressed appropriately. No tank tops, see-through clothing, low-cut articles of clothing exposing the upper torso, miniskirts or mini-dresses, or any form of seductive garments will be allowed.

Shorts and skirts must be no more than three inches above the knee. Visitors must wear full-length shirts (long or short sleeve). Shoes designated for street wear, including tennis shoes, must be worn. House slippers, beach sandals (i.e. thongs, flip-flops), and shower shoes are not permitted. Individuals improperly or inappropriately dressed will not be allowed to visit.

Physical Address

East Mississippi Correctional Facility
10641 Highway 80 East
Meridian, MS 3930

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/gAbY3Rmz96c27yDu7

General Phone Number

​(601) 485-5255

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
East Mississippi Correctional Facility
10641 Highway 80 East
Meridian, MS 3930

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, but they do have access to phones and are allowed to make monitored outgoing calls during approved hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Mississippi, please click here.

How to Send Money

There are three different ways to put money on an inmate’s account:

Money orders

The East Mississippi Correctional Facility only accepts Postal Money orders. The money order should be filled out completely and sent to:

East Mississippi Correctional Facility (INMATE NAME, POD NUMBER AND BED NUMBER)
10641 Highway 80 East
Meridian, MS 3930

You must include the facility name, the inmate’s MDOC number, and the inmate’s name on all money orders.

Online Deposit

Waycross Bank & Trust offers you a fast and secure way to deposit money into an inmate's account using a credit or debit card. In order to deposit money, you will need to know the inmate's id or name. 

Kiosk machine

Machine located in the lobby of the building can only be used on visitation day.

Programs For Inmates


  • Adult Basic Education 
  • General Education Development


  • Facility Care 
  • NCCER Core
  • NCCER Painting 
  • Computer Apps 

Substance Abuse

  • Pathway to Change 
  • Residential Drug Abuse

Life Skills

  • Inside Out Dad 
  • Pre-Release 
  • Anger Management 
  • Stress Management 
  • Workforce Readiness 


  • Choice & Change 
  • High Risk Step down Program 
  • Moral Reconation Therapy 


  • Experiencing God 
  • Bible Study 
  • Recreation/other 
  • Offender Orientation

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Careers at East Mississippi Correctional Facility

If you are interested in a career with the Management and Training Corporation at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, you can find job listings by clicking here