September 3, 2010
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A shoe repair program at Madison Correctional Institution has saved over a quarter of a million dollars in inmate boot replacement costs statewide, in addition to providing a job skill to dozens of inmates.
“This is yet another example of Department of Corrections staff continuing to get the job done while saving taxpayers money,” said Secretary McNeil. “I’m particularly proud of this repair program because the inmates are learning viable job skills in the process.”
Approximately 20,000 pairs of boots were refurbished during FY 2009-2010, saving more than $250,000. The Department of Corrections oversees more than 100,000 inmates in prisons throughout the state. A new pair of boots costs $17.50, compared to an average of $4.43 per pair for refurbished boots.
The Boot Repair program, which began ten years ago, was initially designed for inmates to refurbish and repair inmate work boots to defer the cost of replacing them with new boots, and only in the north Florida region of the state. Over the last decade the program has expanded to provide repaired and refurbished boots to inmates statewide.
Under the guidance of Madison CI Warden Milton Hicks and supervisor Dennis McClamma, the program has grown to become a successful work program providing about 35 inmates daily with meaningful job training that prepares them for shoe repair and machinery-operating jobs upon release, and also reduces inmate idleness, which is always a security concern in prisons.
Madison Correctional Institution was established in 1989 and houses adult male inmates.