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JTVCC giving inmates an opportunity to work at Delaware Correctional Industries

JTVCC giving inmates an opportunity...

SMYRNA, Del. - The deadly inmate uprising at James T Vaughn Correctional Center caught everyone's attention back in February. 

But despite this setback, officials working inside the correctional center are shedding some light.

Showing they've been taking steps inside to move forward. 

It's a program called the Delaware Correctional Industries, known as DCI at James T Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. 

This program gives inmates the opportunity to work. On the job and on themselves. 

These workers putting detailed work and time into products being sold.

The director, Mark Pariseau, hiring inmates known as workers.

These workshops developing job opportunities since the 80's.

Even providing jobs today, putting them  into different workshops.

Shops ranging from upholstery, wood, furniture, print, and even embroidery.  

The biggest workshop is Building 15. It houses the upholstery, wood shop, and the garment shop with 98 workers. 

Their woodshop actually created a plaque for Lieutenant Steven Floyd. They engraved the DOC symbol in the center and put a picture of him inside.

This program giving workers something to look forward to. Each worker getting up for work every day just like any other job. 

Workers wake up at 5 a.m. and work until 2:30 p.m.

These 10-hour days instilling skills into these workers allowing them to climb up the ladder. 

Pariseau says, "As they grow, of course they get promoted and different positions accordingly and that just builds their confidence too. As they get to supervise people when they get out."

Giving inmates climbing to the manager position the opportunity to pay it forward. 

Roger boatswain, a co-manager in the woodshop tells 47 ABC,"We actually get to teach the guys the skills that we either gained before we got here or after we get here through the process."

They even gain a profit. It ranges anywhere from 25 cents starting out going up to $2 an hour. 

It also gives them 5 days credit as long as they work 116 hours a month. This gives them 5 days credit on their sentence.

But more than the money, this provides some life long skills such as work ethic. 

Workers told 47 ABC, it's not about getting out, it's about staying out. 

These workshops not only providing an opportunity to work while incarcerated but also another opportunity at life.

Pariseau wants to add even more workshops. Beyond those workshops, they hope to include more workers.

We are told the more workers that get employed, the more it will be a public service once they get out.

 


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