MDCC to offer academic courses to Parchman inmates

Mississippi Delta Community College’s Board of Trustees voted on Thursday to allow the college to begin offering academic courses at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

MDCC has been offering technical courses, said the college’s president, Dr. Tyrone Jackson, but this would expand the offerings into areas such as English and history.

Jackson told The E-T after the board’s monthly meeting on Thursday that the college has been in talks about adding academic courses for about five months, long before the latest crisis at the prison erupted at the start of the year.

Parchman began 2020 with riots, multiple deaths and two escapes within the first week.

Jackson said he hopes the classes will begin sometime during the spring.

He said the classes will be funded through a grant that will pay for the instructors, books and materials, and MDCC would provide the services.

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