A pilot program arranged by Sheriff Michael Bellotti aims to rehabilitate both prison inmates and injured wildlife. Inmates from the Norfolk County Jail work at the New England Wildlife Center in Weymouth, Mass. to learn about respect and discipline, according to WBZ4. The program is now complete and has been deemed a success.
Inmates like Lionel and Kenny help around the center, using carpentry skills or feeding medicine to animals in need. While there, they are working hard and learning new life skills.
Chaz, another inmate, who had been released during the program, returned to volunteer a few days a week.
Inmates sit through classes learning the basics of wildlife. Each are assigned to specific jobs around the center. Kenny used his carpentry skills to help keep the foxes from escaping their pens.
“It hopefully bridges that gap from jail to the real world,” said Sheriff Bellotti, remarking that the price of the program, $22,000, was well worth it, citing Chaz as a prime example. “That's re-entry.”
Another round of inmates is scheduled to go through the program in a couple of months.
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