2011-05-31 / Front Page

New ‘Shifting Gears’ Program Begins At Putnamville Facility

The Putnamville Correctional Facility recently implemented a “Shifting Gears” program that will benefit both offenders and members of the community.

As summer arrives and gas prices fluctuate, many people are using bicycles as an alternative means of transportation. The Putnamville Correctional Facility (PCF), always seeking to expand offender work programs, chose to capitalize on this low maintenance, no octane trend by implementing a Shifting Gears program. The program, a collaborative effort between Bicycles of America, PCF and Volunteers of America, afford incarcerated individuals an opportunity to learn and apply vocational skills toward reconditioning bikes. With an inventory of 638 unusable bicycles, offenders will spend their time fixing gears, replacing seats, tires, handlebars and pedals to make the bikes “road ready.” Once the reconditioning process is complete the bicycles will be given to Volunteers of America, who will distribute them to citizens in the community.

“This is an exciting program that serves a dual purpose. It increases the number of offender jobs at the facility and provides a service to the community,” stated Stanley Knight, Superintendent.

So check your side mirrors and be watchful for cyclists… the bike you just passed may have been “reconditioned” at the Putnamville Correctional Facility.

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