The Mississippi Department of Corrections announced this week the appointment of the new superintendent at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
Timothy J. Morris is the new head of the prison, according to a release from MDOC.
Morris has been serving in the same role in an acting capacity since late April when the former superintendent, Marshal Turner, retired.
MDOC Commissioner Burl Cain also announced this week the appointment of Andrew Mills as superintendent at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leaksville.
“The MDOC is committed more than ever to building upon our successes and working to achieve a safer MDOC for all stakeholders,” Commissioner Cain said Thursday. “Mr. Morris and Mr. Mills share more than half a century of corrections experience. Their records show they know how to run a prison. Both have worked their way to the top after starting as correctional officers.”
Morris has worked at the MDOC for more than 30 years in several leadership roles, the release said, including most recently as a warden at Parchman, where he started his career in 1989.
He left Parchman in 1990 to work at SMCI, where he moved through the ranks. He became the training director for the department in 2006. A year later he returned to security, serving MSP or SMCI as a warden over the years.