View Full Version : Mississippi CURE Executive Director makes statement regarding Hurricane

08-31-2005, 11:53 PM
For immeadiate Release to the Public Press Release from (
Mississippi CURE Board of Directors held an emergency phone conference, where they granted emergency Director powers to Suzan David, co-director of Mississippi CURE. Peggy Miller who currently serves as Director was in the direct path of the storm, and is unable at this time to assist the needs of Mississippi CURE. Suzan will only serve as director until Peggy Millers return.
Jonathan Edwards

Dear Friends and Loved Ones,
We are all worried for you and with you about our loved ones who are
incarcerated as well as our precious members who live in the deep south. Many of our people were in Hurricane Katrina's path and we have not yet heard from all of them. We are waiting and trusting God and most importantly PRAYING for these folks during the time that we can't
get information. We would like to ask you to join us in praying for them.
Regardless of your station in life, when someone you care about has been
incarcerated, you already carry a great burden. Not knowing the whereabouts or the safety of that loved one doubles the burden. We know that we have facilities in the path of the hurricane just as we have regular residents of Mississippi in the path. A map is available for download on the MDOC website at
which shows prison locations. Currently we have no word from these facilities. However, we have talked to our lawyer friend, Eileen Comiskey, who reminded us that FEMA is on the scene, and that the state takes very seriously its charge to take care of the inmates in it's control. Certainly there are some who are in bad circumstances, but probably no more than those in the general population of the affected region. I believe we can count on the state doing what it can to take care of our incarcerated loved ones.
MDOC is probably not going to accept any kind of donation for inmates from us, but many of us want to help. I believe that the best way to do this is to help families who have been hurt by the hurricane to do what is necessary to continue supporting their inmates, and to get information to incarcerated persons letting them know what is going on. Lack of news seems to be a very difficult hurdle. To that end we are accepting donations at Mississippi CURE. We want to get the word out to the inmates that we are here for them, and that we are praying for them, and that someone cares how they fared during the storm. We would like to help them reconnect with missing loved ones as well. If you would like to make a contribution to that effect, please do so at our paypal link on this page. Please keep in mind that we are not going to be able to help the inmates rebuild their jails or get them any more medical care than the state cares to provide. We can only let them know that we care and try to reestablish the lines of communication between them and their loved ones.
If you have news of a particular facility, we need to know what is up. Please send that information to us and we will attempt to make a list to share in the next few days.

God Bless,

Suzan David