The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) recently unveiled a mobile welding training center that can be used at all state correctional facilities.
The 53-foot-long trailer will move between state prisons every 90 days, which is the exact amount of time it takes for an apprentice to become certified.
“Mississippi is working hard to reduce the recidivism rate,” MDOC Commissioner Burl Cain said. “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.”
The mobile training center was paid for with taxpayer funds and saves MDOC the expense of constructing training buildings at every prison.
So far, over 100 inmates have applied.