Celebrating Addiction Recovery at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility

East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian, Mississippi recently celebrated Red Ribbon Week. Decorating contests and other activities were held throughout the week ending with a program. The aim of the week was to promote and celebrate drug and alcohol addiction recovery. Lawrence White, a former addict, was a guest speaker.

“Red Ribbon Week here at MTC is one of the best and most positive things that can happen inside a facility,” he said. “It gives offenders the opportunity to hear and see the message of recovery.”

At the podium, Lawrence said, “I’m living clean today. I work today. I work every day.”

The audience responded with supportive applause. Another former addict, Gean Coleman, was also a guest speaker.

“There’s a way out,” he encouraged, “there’s a life without drugs, there’s a life without prison.”

Meridian Councilwoman Kim Houston was a special guest invited by the facility to attend the program and be a part of the celebration.

“It is a pleasure for me to be out here today,” she explained, “to celebrate Red Ribbon Week with this facility. They do such a wonderful job with the programs, and we get a special invitation each year, and I’m always honored to come out. Today we were able to see a skit that was very real, and I think it sent a true message that drugs is not good for anybody, and if you really want to see change, you’re gonna have to change; change in your mind, change in the people you hang out with, change in all of that. So, hats off to this facility for doing such a wonderful job, as usual, to bring awareness to the things that are important.”

About East Mississippi Correctional Facility

East Mississippi Correctional Facility is accredited by the American Correctional
Association—achieving 100% compliance for both mandatory and non-mandatory
standards in its most recent audit. Other accreditations and certifications include the
Correctional Education Association, National Center for Construction Education and
Research (NCCER), and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).