What Incarcerated Men at Marshall County Say about the MRT Program

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Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is defined as a cognitive-behavioral treatment system that leads to enhanced moral reasoning, better decision making, and more appropriate behavior.  MTC’s Marshall County Correctional Facility in Holly Springs, MS has embraced MRT, making it available to offenders.

Some of the offenders in the MRT class were recently asked: What does MRT mean to you?  This is what they said:

“MRT gave me a foundation to build upon.  It gave me the opportunity to be a part of something much greater than myself.” – Joseph Holiday

“MRT just showed me how to change my behavior.” – James Irby

“This program really helps you to be true to yourself.” – Terrence Glover

“Before I didn’t care about helping nobody.  I was always about self, always I cared about me.  Didn’t care about no one else or their feelings.  But now, since MRT, I have got so addicted to helping people.” – Michael Durdin

“It taught me about opposition.  To stop blaming other people for my mistakes.  To start holding up for what I do wrong.” – James Irby

“All of these different groups of people, black, white, Mexican; we all come together in this group and it gives us a sense of brotherhood.  We become family. We cry together, we laugh together, and, most importantly, we grow together.” –   Joseph Holiday


“The MRT program has helped me to rebuild relationships with my loved ones, friends, even past co-workers.  The program is invaluable.” – Terrence Glover

“MRT class changed so much in me.  It gave me an opportunity to assess my life, and see how I’ve hurt other people; how I’ve effected their lives.” – Michael Durdin

“So I want to say ‘thank you’, coming from a man with a life sentence who’s considered condemned or even what they call ‘the walking dead’.  But I have so much peace and purpose being a part of this program.  Thank you all, and God bless.” – Joseph Holiday