Project-Community Re-Entry Program BOC

Jobs created: 9.00
Jobs retained: 9.00
District: Territory Wide
Award Date: 5/19/2009
ARRA Budget: $1,060,000.00

Project Overview

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Description:
This project will reorganize the Bureau of Corrections (BOC) Reentry Approach Program (RAP). This process will include: the hiring of staff to provide improved social services to inmates through a reentry process; the provision of needed supplies to support the implementation of a reentry program; training to newly hired staff and the construction of an administrative facility to accommodate increased staffing and the addition of enhanced prison programs.
Actual Expense: $1,060,000.00
Overall Status: Closed
Achievements:
  • The Re-entry program has initiated a unique approach to engage inmates and preparing them to enter society after being imprisoned.  
  • BOC in partnership with the Department of Agriculture has implemented Bee-keeping for the future production of honey at BOC.  Inmates with the supervision of BOC staff are maintaining the hives on the prison grounds.
  • The inmates of BOC through the Virgin Islands Farmers Cooperation have taken on crop production to support the up keep of crops harvested on BOC grounds.
  • Several classrooms session relating to crop production were completed by inmates
  • Several classrooms session relating to animal rearing and farming were completed by inmates
  • BOC has uniquely initiated the development of a Tilapia fish farm.  Inmates with BOC staff supervision will raise fish from this farm.  The fish will be used by the BOC for inmates meals and eventually as a consumer product
  • BOC also reared sheep and goat under this program. These items were donated to several charities, soup kitchens and the Queen Louise Home. The BOC also worked in collaboration with Human services to support Homeless care projects
  • Under the Re-entry Program BOC inmates were also introduced to the skill of carpentry.  Inmates were given the opportunity to learn a new skill and also provide products to consumers for income. 
  • The Re-entry program offered training for inmates and staff in the following areas: Anger Management; Family Reunification; Domestic Violence; Critical Thinking; and Case Management

Benefits of this Project

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Though difficult to quantify the several inmates and supervisors benefited from this program in the following areas:

  • Several classroom sessions relating to crop production
  • Several classroom sessions relating to animal rearing and farming
  • BOC inmates were also introduced to the skill of carpentry
  • Collaborated with the Department of Labor and the Department of Education to implement certification and apprenticeship programs for those inmates who participated in these programs
Provided training for inmates and staff

The Carpentry and Farming Programs:

  • Through the Virgin Islands Farmers Cooperation inmates and supervisors took on crop production to support the up keep of crops harvested on BOC grounds.
  • The BOC in partnership with the Department of Agriculture implemented Bee-keeping for the future production of honey at BOC.  Inmates with the supervision of BOC staff maintained the hives on the prison grounds.
  • The BOC also reared sheep and goat under this program. These items were donated to several charities, soup kitchens and the Queen Louise Home. The BOC also collaborated with The Department of Human Services to support the Homeless care projects.
  • BOC uniquely initiated the development of a Tilapia fish farm. The fish will be used by the BOC for inmates’ meals and eventually as a consumer product