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NCJ Number: 199924 Find in a Library
Title: Productive Jails Benefit Many
Journal: Corrections Today Magazine  Dated:April 2003  Pages:96-98
Author(s): Rod Miller; Joseph Trevathan
Date Published: April 2003
Page Count: 3
Type: Case Study
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the benefits of inmate work and industry activities by highlighting the accomplishments of Hampden County’s (Massachusetts) jail industry program.
Abstract: Jail industries and inmate work benefit many stakeholders. Inmates are afforded the opportunity to learn vocational skills that will be useful once they are released from jails and jails benefit by utilizing cheap inmate labor. Moreover, valuable revenue may be gained by selling products produced by inmates in jail industries. For example, York Street Industries, which is Hampden County’s jail industry, produces goods that are bought by industries outside of the jail. Some of the products they produce include chairs, upholstery, uniforms, silk screen, hygiene kits, and mattresses. In 2001, revenue from York Street Industries totaled over $500,000. Additionally, inmates who work in York Street Industries earn sentence reductions, which save the county additional revenue through the reduction of the jail population. Jail industries thus make sound economical sense, especially during times of budget decreases, and also help inmates learn new skills.
Main Term(s): Correctional industries
Index Term(s): Inmate run industries; Inmate vocational training; Massachusetts
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