Groundbreaking ceremony for new church at MS State Penitentiary at Parchman
The first new building in years is going up at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman in Sunflower County.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held today at Mississippi’s oldest prison, but not for a new cellblock.
According to MDOC, for the first time in the prison’s 120 year history, a church is being built inside prison walls with private funds and inmate labor.
The nonprofit Mississippi Prison Chapel Foundation is providing construction money. The nondenominational 6,000 square foot sanctuary will be constructed at unit 30 and hold 250 people.
Services will be conducted by inmate pastors and attendance is voluntary.