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Now you can donate to MARC online!

Please consider donating to this worthy cause. You can submit a one-time donation, or set up recurring payments. We are a 501c3 charity, so you donations are tax deductible.Your support is greatly appreciated! Click here to donate!

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Petition Against Federal Executions

Tell Attorney General William Barr: “Stop the Executions!” Add your name to the National Catholic Petition Against Federal Executions! This past summer, the U.S. federal government restarted executions for the first time in 17 years, with Attorney General William Barr serving as the principal administration official behind the effort. Since then, the Department of Justice — with …

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#FIGHTDIFFERENT #JUSTICE

We invite you to dial #250 and say the keyword “Justice” to contact your legislature and help continue the call for prison reform. Help us help them. Listen to the radio ad (below) featuring our very own Marvin Edwards. This advertising campaign was launched in Mississippi by REFORM Alliance, a nonprofit led by Jay-Z, Robert …

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COVID-19 restrictions on MARC

Just like the most of the world, we are having to completely rethink the way we offer our services. Since new restrictions were put in place as a result of this pandemic, we have not been able to take the Getting Ahead While Getting Out program to the prisons. The shutdown happened so abruptly leaving …

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Getting Ahead Graduation

Friday 2/21/2020 a graduation ceremony and luncheon was held in the Quick Beds Visitation Center at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF). There was a total of 9 graduates. Due to early release only seven were able to be present. Family members were also invited and some were able to attend. Superintendent Ron King spoke as …

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Brief History

In January 2018 a common interest in the well-being of people returning from prisons brought Chaplain Marvin Edwards,OFS and Sr. Madeline Kavanagh, DC together by way of a combined interest in the aha Education Process known as “Getting By While Getting Out”.

A Successful application for funding from the Mission and Ministry Foundation (MMI) launched Chaplain Marvin and Sr. Madeline into the challenge of setting about formalizing efforts Marvin had already begun. Meanwhile Madeline, newly arrived in Mississippi, delved into the process of educating herself on the reality of the Correctional system and prisoners before and after incarceration.
Identifying people interested in and already serving in prison ministry along with possible sources of support was and still is a main priority.

This coupled with multiple contacts with Prison Wardens, Formation Staff, Chaplains and others in positions of authority in the correctional system laid the groundwork for beginning a program.
On May 19, 2018 a day long Prisoner Reentry Training was conducted based on the Bridges Out of Poverty Program known as GETTING AHEAD WHILE GETTING OUT. This is a reentry model that gives returning citizens a community and relationship-based approach that begins in prerelease and follows through with long-term support.

MARC  THE MISSISSIPPI ASSOCIATION FOR RETURNING CITIZENS,    EIN approved, provides people already working in the MS prison system, as well as returning citizens, with the tools needed to initiate an effective and long-term prison reentry program.  This model is based on the GETTING AHEAD WHILE GETTING OUT REENTRY MODEL that reduces recidivism through learning, building resources, accountability and collaboration. This model can be found in the Getting Ahead Network  www.gettingaheadnetwork.com

The reentry program:

  • Recruits and trains facilitators to accompany groups of returning citizens for a total of 22 two hour sessions.
  • Coordinates with prison staff in choosing inmates to participate in the program.
  • Conducts monthly meetings that provide in-service training and ongoing programming for the core MARC membership, as well as any interested citizens.
  • Coordinates with existing programs and service providers.
  • Mobilizes a volunteer base to advocate for prison reform as well as provide ongoing support to returning citizens after release.  
  • Connects returning citizens with needed resources.
  • Supports families of returning citizens with information on available resources.

About the Program

THE MISSISSIPPI ASSOCIATION FOR RETURNING CITIZENS (MARC) provides people already working in the MS prison system, as well as returning citizens, with the tools needed to initiate an effective and long-term prison reentry program. This model is based on the GETTING AHEAD WHILE GETTING OUT REENTRY MODEL that reduces recidivism through learning, building resources, accountability and collaboration. This model can be found in the Getting Ahead Network www.gettingaheadnetwork.com

The reentry program:

Scarlett and Amy
Scarlett and Amy are members of our MARC team who set up an information table at St. Paul’s Church, Flowood to register people for the Workshops
  • Recruits and trains facilitators to accompany groups of returning citizens for a total of 22 two hour sessions
  • Coordinates with prison staff in choosing inmates to participate in the program
  • Conducts monthly meetings that provide in-service training and ongoing programming
  • Coordinates with existing programs
  • Mobilizes a volunteer base to advocate for prison reform as well as provide ongoing support to returning citizens after release.
  • Connects returning citizens with needed resources.
  • Supports families of returning citizens with information on available resources

Suggested Volunteer Services

Be part of the solution by sharing your time and talent       

Advocacy: Writing and/or call legislators

Art: share skills with returning citizens;  make posters, illustrations for fliers, etc.

Benefits: assist with applications, share information, accompany to social service agencies

Clothing: Introduce to local thrift shops; have backpacks with basics ready for release day

Mentor:  Establish a relationship with recently released citizen to provide assistance with basic information on daily needs and interests

Education: Literacy tutoring, GED support; on line education; Local Community College

Employment: information, connections, provide reference and/or supervision  

Financial Counseling

Food: Local food pantry,   making good use of supermarket                                                                                                                                       

Health:  Assistance with applications, finding clinic

Housing:  Finding a place,  furniture, household supplies,

Information Technology:  

  • Teach basic skills (at library or other public place)
  • Research on line available resources
  • Assist coordinating team: (eg Set up communication system, power points, bulk mailing)

Recreation:  (Suggest events, locations, accompany)

Secretarial skills:  Help with our organization correspondence, notices, etc

Spiritual:  Location of places of Worship, Introductions, direct dialogue, share spiritual books

Support Programs:  (Find location, accompany,  provide directions, transportation)

  • Anger management
  • Disability
  • Grief management
  • Mental Illness
  • Parenting Skills
  • Substance abuse:  AA and NA Programs, Gamblers Anonymous;

Transportation:  Drivers License, Used cars, prepare for drivers test, bus services

Contact Us

Executive Director
Chaplain Marvin Edwards
Mail — P.O. Box 153 Vaiden MS 39176
Phone — (601) 594-8254
Email — marvr1951@gmail.com

Marvin Edwards, Chaplain

Director
Bob Pavolini
Phone — 334-717-0890
Email — abpavo@gmail.com 

Case Manager
Dorothy Balser
Phone — 601-521-1331
Email — debexplorer@gmail.com