Mississippi Center for Re-Entry (The Center), formerly known as Mississippi Justice Center; was founded by Cynetra Freeman, who was affected by incarceration in 2010. While incarcerated, she lost her job, home, car and personal valuables due to the length of time she was incarcerated. Once released from the local jail, Ms. Freeman quickly realized the importance of having post-release services available to help her reestablish herself other than probation services. She was able to find her way and reestablished herself back into her community after one year. While researching ways to start a nonprofit and learning about re-entry services and how she could benefit her community, she became ill with Chronic End Stage Renal Kidney Disease in 2012 which required her to be on dialysis, therefore, she placed her dream on hold to focus on her health. Once her health began to decline even more and she came to the ultimate decision to return back to Mississippi where her mother and step-father lived. During her venture in Mississippi, she regained her health and strength and began refocusing on her dream: to start a nonprofit with a mission to help those who have been affected by incarceration reenter back into society.
Ms. Freeman conducted a thorough research of nonprofits in the State of Mississippi to see if there was any other nonprofits offering re-entry services in northwest Mississippi and to her surprise there wasn’t a nonprofit organization providing such services. On April 20, 2017, Ms. Freeman filed the necessary paperwork with the Mississippi Secretary of State to officially form The Center which became a recognized 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS on June 3, 2017. Since incorporation, Ms. Freeman formed her founding Board of Directors, evaluated re-entry programs in other states, created a strategic plan to implement programs and secured her first round of funding. Guided by creativity and compassion, Ms. Freeman knows firsthand the implications returning citizens face upon release from a period of incarceration which makes her one of the most influential people to help support individuals transition back into the community, strengthen their families during and after times of incarceration, promoting reentry, and improve our community safety.
Since our inception in 2017, we've worked to increase our growth, awareness, and proficiency in providing re-entry services. Re-entry is one of the most successful tools that can be provided to returning citizens that will help decrease over-incarceration, reduce recidivism, boost our state economic system and increase public safety in our communities.
A graduate from the State College of Florida, Ms. Freeman is the Founder and creative influence behind The Center.
Ms. Washington is the Outreach and Communications VISTA with a goal of raising community awareness about The Center and the services we offer. She is currently enrolled at Concord Career College.
Ms. Williams is the Capacity Building VISTA with a goal of building the capacity of The Center. She loves giving back to her community.
Ms. Davis is the Employment Connector VISTA with a goal of creating employment opportunities. She enjoys advocating for those who are less likely to advocate for themselves.
Social Media Guru
Ms. Anderson is the Social Media Guru behind The Center's social media strategies. She is law student at Howard University.
Board of Directors
Board Chair - Charlotte Garnes, The Bail Project
Secretary - William Sansing, Associate Dean of Instruction - East Mississippi Community College
Treasurer - Vacant
Director Alderman Calvin Farmer, Alderman of Walls, MS
Director Chaplain Curtis Pennington, Desoto County Sheriffs Office
Director - Vacant
Director - Vacant
We have openings available on our Board of Directors. For more information contact Cynetra Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org.