Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher announced a new leader at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville. 

Jacquelyn Banks was named superintendent of SMCI. Banks has nearly 30 years of experience.  

Banks has worked with adult offenders in Mississippi, Texas, and Kansas and in Washington D.C. She has served as a warden and an assistant warden at both state-run and privately operated prisons.

She most recently worked as warden at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl. She is a member of the Adult Corrections Committee of the American Correctional Association and was an ACA delegate assembly officer from 2010-2015.

“She is an accomplished professional with many years of public service in the corrections arena,” Fisher said of Banks, who is only the second female superintendent in the history of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. “We are most fortunate to have someone with her depth of experience and commitment to this state.”

“I am honored, and I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities that this position will afford me,” Banks said. “I will do my very best to surpass expectations, and I am excited to continue to serve in the state of Mississippi. I love my job and the people I work with and for every day.”

Banks succeeds Raymond Byrd, who returned to his home state of Texas in April.