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Superintendent of new women’s prison leaves MDOC, replacement selected

Photo courtesy of MDOC

The superintendent of the Mississippi Correctional Institute for Women has been replaced with the former community corrections director at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

The women’s prison, which was announced as the newest addition to CMCF in March, was led under Latoya Anderson’s authority for just under a year before she was removed from the position earlier this week.

Before serving as superintendent, Anderson worked as the head of the department’s Community Work Centers, as well as Flowood Community Work Center’s Deputy Warden.

“Deputy Warden Anderson’s work at Flowood has proven that she not only has the experience to be a good leader but also that she is aligned with the direction of the [Mississippi Department of Corrections] under Commissioner Cain’s leadership,” Deputy Commissioner Nathan Blevins said at the time of Anderson’s appointment.

Latoya Anderson (left) and Tereda Hairston (right) (Photo courtesy of MDOC)

According to MDOC, Anderson also worked in numerous roles in the department for 15 years, including correctional officer, sergeant, correctional commander, case manager, alcohol and drug instructor, and Thinking for A Change instructor.

Now, Tereda Hairston has been selected as the new superintendent of the women’s prison after serving as the director of community corrections at CMCF.

Anderson is not the only employee at the prison facility to face sudden layoffs within the past few weeks, as Karei McDonald Jr. —the former executive deputy commissioner and deputy commissioner of administration and finance at MDOC — was replaced by Derrick Garner in early November.

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