Mississippi Center for Re-Entry (The Center), formerly known as Mississippi Justice Center; was founded by Cynetra Freeman, a Florida native; 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, Cynetra 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 started back focusing on her dream: to start a nonprofit with a mission to help those who have been affected by incarceration reenter back into society.
On April 20, 2017, Cynetra 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, Cynetra has formed her founding Board of Directors, researched and evaluated other re-entry programs, created a strategic plan to implement programs and is continually seeking her first round of funding.
Guided by creativity, and compassion, Ms. Freeman is 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.