The CMCF Cosmetology Program is a 1,500-hour course that takes about 18 months to complete.
Since its inception in February 1992, the CMCF Cosmetology Program has graduated 111 students.
Last year, the CMCF Cosmetology Program was awarded first place in the practical exam, second place in the composite score and fourth place in the state and national cosmetology written exam administered by the board.
Rachel Thornton, who initiated the cosmetology program at CMCF, is like a proud mom.
A program such as the CMCF Cosmetology Program, with all its awards and accolades, is nothing without the inherent concern for the individual student.
Using designs assembled by CMCF inmates, female inmates model clothing they produced in the industrial sewing class.
To date, the recidivism rate for those inmates who completed the cosmetology program at CMCF is 3 percent, compared with a 32 percent overall recidivism rate of offenders in Mississippi.