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.
Founder & CEO
A graduate from the State College of Florida, Ms. Freeman is the Founder, CEO and creative influence behind the Mississippi Center for Re-Entry
Ms. Duvall began interning with the Center in 2020 as a Case Worker. She is a current student at the University of Mississippi Desoto Campus.
Ms. Lewis is the Juvenile Correctional Offender Re-Entry Program Caseworker. She has a B.S. degree in social work and is currently attending the University of Mississippi to complete her degree in criminal justice.
Ms. Williams will graduate from the University of Mississippi Desoto Campus in the Spring of 2020 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice.
Mr. Thompson is an Americorps VISTA member for the Center. His main hobby is coaching with the Oxford Chargers.
Ms. Washington is an AmeriCorps VISTA member for The Center. She is currently enrolled at Concord Career College.
Ms. Garnes is an Americorps VISTA member with The Center. Her passion is workforce development.