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North Carolina

James B. Hunt Jr., Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

December. 1, 2000
Contact: Pamela Walker              
              Public Information Officer
              (919) 716-3700

Inmates Graduate As Construction Apprentices

SMITHFIELD- Seventeen inmates from Johnston Correctional Institution graduated today from a construction apprenticeship program sponsored by the N.C. Department of Labor.

The inmates were required to complete more than 400 hours of instruction and 6,000 hours of work supervised by a trade professional. Their apprenticeship trades include heating and air conditioning, electrical and brick masonry. The Department of Correction’s Engineering office oversees the program and provides instructors.

"This is an excellent program that not only saves taxpayers money, but also benefits the inmates," said Secretary Theodis Beck. "The inmates learn a trade that will help them become productive, taxpaying citizens upon release."

To date, the inmates have been assigned jobs in their trades on such projects as the construction of new dorms at Dan River Prison Work Farm in Yanceyville and Tyrrell Prison Work Farm in Creswell, as well as the new sewing plant at Columbus Correctional Institution in Brunswick. Some of the graduates are currently working on the construction of a new dorm and other buildings at N.C. Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh. The inmates are paid on a graduated scale from one to three dollars a day depending on their time on the job.


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