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Synopsis: The global marketing and sales company announced the launch of the Televerde Foundation, which is dedicated to delivering workforce development programs and creating career pathways for women after they are released from prison. Televerde already employs women in the Madison and Rockville Correctional Facilities, as well as a women’s prison in Arizona. The jobs provide compensation and training for a variety of skills including sales and marketing, customer service, project management, and others. The Foundation was officially formed in March and will begin training women who are within a year of their release date this fall.


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Synopsis: The Department of Public Safety Hawai‘i Correctional Industries (HCI) recently partnered with Hawai‘i Unified (Hui Restoration), which holds proprietary rights for a patented dry fog sanitation system. The dry fog creates an antimicrobial barrier that continues to kill pathogens such as mold, bacteria, and viruses, including COVID-19, for up to 90 days. Incarcerated individuals participating in this new HCI work line will receive specialized on-the-job training and a Dry Fog Sanitation Certification from the National Institute of Dry Fog Technology.


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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.


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