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JACKSON, MS (Dec 16) – Mississippi Department of Corrections is beginning another program to help inmates get good jobs when they leave. Tomorrow, Friday, December 17, 2021, Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain and staff will unveil a MOBILE WELDING TRAINING CENTER that can be used at all state correctional facilities. The 53-foot-long 18-wheel trailer houses eight high-tech welding simulators to train inmates for careers in welding.

“Mississippi is working hard to reduce the recidivism rate,” said Commissioner Cain. “One of the main reasons inmates come back when they’re released is they have inadequate job skills. We can help them overcome this with training and that keeps our communities safer.”

Deputy Commissioner of Re-entry Programs Pedro Moreno added, “We started our re-entry program by asking what kind of jobs do Mississippi businesses need? How much do they pay? And what’s the timeframe on the learning curve? Mississippi’s manufacturing and construction industries are doing well so MDOC is matching our vocational training with workforce needs.”

The mobile classroom will move between state prisons every 90 days, long enough for inmate apprentices to become certified. Instructors can train 32 inmates a day. The mobile center saves the state the expense of constructing training buildings at each prison and it was built with no taxpayer funds. MDOC, Mississippi Prison Industries Corporation (MPIC), and the Veterans Career Training Education Center refurbished a Mayflower moving van to create the mobile unit.“We will be training welders, both men and women,” said Moreno.

“We are first opening up the program to women at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. About 100 have applied so far. And then MDOC will also be instrumental in helping them get placement once they’re paroled.”

Commissioner Cain, Executive Deputy Commissioner Karei McDonald, and Deputy Commissioners Moreno, Jeworski Mallett, and Nathan Blevins, along with CMCF Superintendent Marcus McClure will be on hand to cut the ribbon. The event will begin at 11:00A.M. Friday December 17 at the CMCF Administration building in Pearl. is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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