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For Immediate Release

January 15, 2003

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

NCF INMATES BUILD HIGH QUALITY STORAGE CABINET FOR LOCAL NON-PROFIT

(Berlin, NH) The Berlin Wood Shop within the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility (NCF) completed construction of a large oak storage cabinet and conveyed it to Androscoggin Valley Home Care Service. The cabinet is 40 feet long, 81 inches high and 31 inches deep. 44 doors and 28 slide-out trays were built into the structure. It is the largest project of its kind for the fledgling NCF Prison Industries training program.

Warden Bruce W. Cattell said, "This project culminated a process in which a few sketches and a material list resulted in a beautiful and practical storage cabinet. This magnificent piece was built from scratch inside the prison."

The project was completed entirely by inmate labor. Three offenders worked 350 hours on this project over a three-month period. A-V Home Care paid $3,848.00 for the cabinet. A similar piece might retail for as much as $12,200.00 commercially. A-V was charged primarily for materials.

"Prison Industries is a vital part of offender rehabilitation. It provides them with a chance to acquire a skill that will be useful to them when they are released or paroled," Warden Cattell added.

George Adams administers the NCF Prison Industries Program. Wayne Drouin oversees the Berlin Wood Shop.

picture of cabinets

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