STATE PRISON INMATES RENOVATE SCHOOL/DAY CARE CENTER
(Penacook, NH) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner Phil Stanley met with Vicki Boyd, the Governor's Education Policy Advisor and Lisa Danley, Executive Director of the Serendipity Early Learning Center and Elementary School on Bog Road in Penacook. They toured the facility to view the extensive renovations that were completed by state prison inmates. Since July 7, 2001, approximately 20 minimum-security inmates have volunteered to make physical improvements to the school and day care center.
Inmates have logged nearly 1,500 hours to repair plumbing, lay down floor tiles, paint the interior and exterior, and install lighting in the building, which was constructed in 1987. This has been done at no charge to the Serendipity School and has saved an estimated $75,000 in renovation costs.
Stanley said, "These are the sort of projects that our minimum-security inmates can do as a way to give something back to the community. I am very pleased with the results."
The inmates work in groups of no larger than fourteen. They work only on weekends and in the early evenings when the school is not in session. Proper security measures are taken to allow them to work off prison grounds. The offenders are required to complete their daily prison educational or work programs before participating on this renovation project. Their work at the school is completely voluntary.
Other organizations such as Camp Allen in Bedford and Angie's Shelter in Manchester have benefited from inmate labor during 2001.