JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) will allow visitations again beginning Nov. 1.
Commissioner Burl Cain made the announcement on Thursday, Oct. 21.
MDOC stopped visitation on July 27 because of a spike in Covid-19 cases in Mississippi.
“The decision is based on discussions with State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, community data from the Mississippi Department of Health and MDOC Medical Providers, as well as MDOC’s vaccine administration at each facility," Deputy Commissioner of Institutions Jeworski Mallett said. "COVID cases are trending down and we feel visitation is safe for inmates with the COVID protocols we have in place.”
Visitors must social distance, wear masks, have their temperatures checked at entry points and answer a series of Covid-19 screening questions prior to entry.
Inmates must also wear masks and be checked for temperature.
“Given the drop in COVID cases, it is appropriate and beneficial for inmates to be able to see their relatives and reopening will also allow for them to participate in more programs," Cain said. "We’re trying to return to normal but not too fast. Fortunately, we had some of the lowest rates of inmate COVID cases in the nation and it’s because we took the initiative to sanitize and vaccinate.”