News & Events
Criminal Justice Students Tour Prisons
On October 24th, 17 students in Mars Hill University’s criminal justice program, accompanied by Professor Taylor Brickley and Dr. Barbara Sims, toured the minimum and maximum security prison facilities in Marion, NC. The maximum security facility houses approximately 800 prisoners and employs 377 staff members. Guided by Randy Teague, Assistant Superintendant of Programs, students visited active cell blocks and entered individual cells in addition to touring the prison library, industrial skills and G.E.D. classrooms, visitation rooms, and recreation areas. Students also met with administrators to discuss inmate related programs within the prison and security threat group (gang) suppression and intelligence gathering activities. At the conclusion of the tour a current prisoner at Marion shared his experiences and answered questions related to his crime and incarceration.
Prison administrators also granted students full access to the minimum security facility in Marion. Rather than individual cells, the majority of the inmates at the minimum security facility live in a dormitory style room filled with bunks. After touring the main dormitory, students observed inmates participate in the “A New Leash on Life” program which allows minimum and medium custody state prisons to partner with local animal shelters, animal welfare agencies, and/or private non-profit agencies to train dogs in preparation for their adoption.