Baker Correctional Institution Inmates Make Toys for Tots in Baker County Pre–K Program
The inmates in Baker Correctional Institution's woodworking program have been busy crafting a number of eye-catching toys for youngsters in the Baker County community. From a Ferris wheel to practically life-sized motorcycles, these inmates have been using wood pallets, scrap wood and other materials to create beautiful gifts to be donated locally to Baker County Pre-Kindergarten Center. The class of 19 inmates, all of whom are within three years of release, are working toward certification in Cabinet Making. Depending upon the number of hours each inmate completes in the class, he can earn certification as a Helper, Finisher, Assembler or as a Cabinetmaker, so each will be more employable upon release. The toys will be distributed by the Baker County School District to needy kids in the County’s Pre K Program. The class is taught by vocational instructor Jeremy Bass. The Vocational Cabinet Making Class is one of several vocational programs taught at Baker CI, a prison whose primary focus is to prepare inmates for re-entry into society.
"The vocational cabinet making program allows inmates with initiative who are willing to work hard to complete the required number of hours an opportunity to transition back into the community with a very marketable skill,” said Baker CI Warden Melody Flores. “Each year the inmates assigned to the cabinet making program look forward to crafting the toys for the kids because it makes them feel that they are giving something back to the community.”
Baker CI Correctional Officer Sergeant Samuel Bassett admires a
wooden motorcycle built by inmates in their woodworking program.
The other three pictures feature numerous toys built by the inmates.