Prison Inmates Given Opportunity to Learn Plumbing Skills

A Kansas correctional facility is ramping up its vocational training offerings for an offender demographic that has the highest recidivism rates

Prison Inmates Given Opportunity to Learn Plumbing Skills

A dedication was recently held to mark the completion of a new vocational training facility at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility in Kansas. Attendees also toured the various shops and classroom spaces that will provide environments for inmates to learn skills such as welding, carpentry and plumbing. (Photo by Great Bend Tribune)

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Offenders of a correctional facility will soon have the opportunity to learn the plumbing trade.

A new vocational building recently opened at Kansas’ Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility, expanding the offerings provided for inmates at the facility through Barton Community College. Carpentry and welding programs are currently occurring in the space with a plumbing program scheduled to start in January. The building was constructed in part by offenders utilizing the vocational program.

Larned Correctional consists of medium-security and minimum-security units with a total of 598 beds. Starting in 2017, the facility began housing the Kansas Department of Corrections’ young offender program, which is designed for males aged 18 to 25 with less than three years left to serve. The program’s mission is to focus on education and vocational training for a demographic that is the Department of Corrections’ highest recidivism group, with almost 40 percent re-offending after being released.

“Increased educational opportunities means offenders are better positioned to secure employment after release and this is an important part of not returning to prison,” Joe Norwood, corrections secretary, tells the Great Bend Tribune.

Source: Great Bend Tribune


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