Synopsis: Incarcerated individuals in the Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center (HCCC) and Kulani Correctional Facility (KCF) sewing program, under the direction of Hawai‘i Correctional Industries (HCI), made 920 cloth face coverings for those in need in the community. They are producing as many as 4,000 masks a day for sale through HCI and estimate to make well over 300,000 total masks for sale by the end of June. “We would like to extend a huge mahalo to our new partner Aloha Air Cargo. They graciously offered to ship completed masks from Hilo to O‘ahu free of charge, and we can’t thank them enough for offering their service to us during these trying times,” said Shawntay Yasuda, HCI operations manager.
Synopsis: Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Drafting Technology program student William Rutledge (left), stands with Jane Hansen, the conference of court public information officer for the Supreme Court of Georgia, during the installation of a conference table designed by Rutledge while he was in prison. Rutledge, who is also an employee of Georgia Correctional Industries (GCI), has been working on the desk since December. It was at GCI’s Metal Plant where Rutledge felt like he was regaining his identity. “They gave me purpose and structure when I was in prison. Not many people have this opportunity,” Rutledge said. “I have gone from having a state prison ID number to a state employee ID.”