Success Stories

Correction Enterprises plays a major role in preparing the inmate for the transition back into the community. Enterprises mission statement addresses its responsibility to provide inmates with marketable job skills and transitional opportunities.

In many instances, other, more formal training programs supplement the training provided by Enterprises staff. The furniture industry and textile industry provide training through the local community college for which the inmates receive a certification or diploma. Inmates employed in the print industry have the opportunity to participate in an apprenticeship program sponsored by the Department of Labor. Upon completion, inmate workers are certified as journeyman tradesman.

To share your success story complete the Workforce Feedback form or submit your story in writing to:

Correction Enterprises - Success Story
2020 Yonkers Road
MSC 4240
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-4240

License Tag, Wood Working, Work Release, and Print

"For some time now it has been my desire to allow your Correction Enterprises team to know the gratitude I owe for investing in me. My intent was to correspond by letter until coming across the CE Workforce Feedback page on your website. As a new inmate worker in June 1996, I was assigned to the License Tag plant numbering the boxes and placing the plates into them. Around 2008, I completed the Furniture Program at Alexander CI building desk and cabinets along with operating the router. My next experience was at Mountain View at a work release factory which allowed me to pay restitution and make some provisions for my family. Finally, after transferring to Nash CI, I was fortunate enough to be assigned to the Print plant doing the nutrition boxes. After I released from prison in October 2010, it was a smooth transition for all the previous reasons mentioned. Namely, the preparation for extended hours, the demand for quality, the professionalism of staff, and certainly not the least but being able to gain confidence in myself while working inside the production plants. The supervisor I remember at Nash Print plant was Chris Bevil and the one at Alexander Woodworking plant was a great guy named Tass Jansen. After starting with a temporary service, I am happy to say I am a production team leader making $50,000/yr. My current job is not related to the trades I learned inside prison. However, the upward mobility can be attributed to every position I trained and worked inside prison. Because of buying into the principles and work ethics taught by Correction Enterprises staff, I was able to separate from the pack. And, for this I will always be thankful for the rest of my life."

Regards,
Gary D. Minor
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License Tag and Quick Copy

"My name is Tracy Hakes and I was a NC Correction Enterprises worker at the License Tag Plant in Raleigh, North Carolina located inside the Women's Prison. I just finished serving a 6 year sentence and I am now back in society and the workforce. I cannot tell you how much it means to me to have been a part of such a great program. Inmates work together to produce all the tags for the State of North Carolina. I learned many valuable skills and among many of those skills I learned were positive social skills that will help me not only be a more valuable employee but a better person. While I worked at the plant I was able to take "Thinking for a Change" which is a cognitive thinking class that requires you to rethink situations and learn how to handle them in a productive manner rather than the negative ones that most of us in the prison are used to. This class was facilitated by Tracy Goodwin the Assistant Plant Manager for Tag and Gayla Smith from the Quick Copy Plant. I learned a lot there and I was not the easiest person to get along with. They helped me to change my thinking so that I could succeed not only in the tag plant but in society. These ladies not only had the task of supervising women all day they then took it to another level and spent the afternoons in class with us. They encouraged us to push ourselves and realize that life does not stop in prison and we have to know how to make it in society.

I worked at Tag from April 2014 thru October 2015. I worked under direct supervision of Mr. Mills as the paint department supervisor as well as other supervisors in the plant: Mr. Winstead, Mr. Butterworth, Mr. Patton, and Ms. Snelling. Ms. Goodwin was the Assistant Plant Manager when I began there I could have been best described as a tornado. My attitude stunk and I wanted to do everything myself and did not want anyone to help me or share my duties which created a few enemies for me. I am sure there were days that Mr. Mills and Ms. Goodwin had rather stayed home than deal with me. I could not blame them but what is most important is that they did not give up on me when I had in fact given up on myself. Mr. Mills will always be the role model in my mind that made me tough. At the time, I could not see it but I just felt he was the meanest person ever. But, in reality, all he did was prepare me for the hard knocks I had to face upon my reentry into society and looking for a real job. He, as well as all the staff, treated us like people not inmates. Ms. Goodwin and Mr. Mills surely earned their pay with me there. I think what the public does not realize is that on a given day there is approximately 60 women there making tags and operating heavy machinery. Scary thought huh? Well not only did they have to do that but they also dealt with all the things that happen everyday in prison. On any given day, inmates have various appointments and things that the prison requires of them which can complicate matters in a factory that produces tags; however, they just rolled with the punches and tried to accommodate everyone. Ms. Goodwin would always go the extra mile to try to mediate or facilitate with the prison. Unless you were there, you cannot even imagine how much she helped us. I remember going to her right before Christmas one year when an inmate was releasing to a homeless shelter and asking Ms. Goodwin to help her and she did not hesitate to call Mr. Lockamy, NCCE Reentry Coordinator. In a very short period of time, he found the lady a program to enroll upon her release. To me, that is above and beyond being a plant manager. She tirelessly helped us with resumes, reference letters or whatever we needed and I think that the entire staff at the Tag Plant should be recognized for their outstanding leadership to the inmates that are employed there. They are truly the unsung heroes at NCCIW. I will be forever grateful for everything that I learned from them and now there is no question in my mind that they were aimed at my success in life when I was not even thinking past the gates of prison. I really wish everyone would realize what valuable assets you have at the Tag Plant. They are all AWESOME!!!!

In closing, I would like to say that I also want you to know that Mr. Lockamy has helped me tremendously with reentering the workforce. I was doing another program that is known to help offenders once they are released and it did not work out. So, I called him and he helped me complete a resume the next day. I emailed it to a company and 2 hours later I was called for an interview and got the job the next day. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate his willingness to help me but again all of this is extras because the MOST important thing he told me is to speak life into the situation because I am no longer the person that I used to be. That's very true. Speaking positive brings positive results. I am now beginning my job that would not have been possible had it not been for the above named people. I truly thank them for reshaping the lives of so many women that they come into contact with daily. They all care about what they do and they deserve to be honored. I just wanted to express in writing how special all of these individuals really are to me and the workers inside Correction Enterprises production plants."

Tracy Hakes
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Meat Processing

Inmate Eric Winston began in the Meat Processing Plant training as a meat cutter. He eventually learned all operations within the section. "I was there for two years and it was good training," said Winston. "I enjoyed my work but knew I needed to possess more skills, so as soon as I got the chance, I submitted a request for promotion. They advanced me to the shipping and receiving section."

"I worked hard to get the opportunity to be promoted. I knew the more skills and experience I had, the more valuable I was to the Meat Processing Plant, and to myself as I try to get a job. The skills I have developed here are transferable to many work environments."(Back To List)

Print

Inmate Chris Benino is a participant in the apprenticeship program. He plans to use his apprenticeship certification as an offset press operator upon release. Staff at the Nash Print Plant say that Inmate Benino is an exceptional employee who has good work ethics and the right attitude.(Back To List)