May 17, 2019
(Tim Kelly, DOC Communications)
Thanks to a partnership between the Washington Department of Licensing and the incarcerated men at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, select state licensing offices will have kiosks and backdrops at each office counter for more efficient customer service.
Over 120 men worked on the building of the kiosks and backdrops from the design phase all the way to the manufacturing. Since the beginning of the project, more than 150 kiosks and 200 backdrops have been made. Being part of a team project is important to the men at Stafford Creek Corrections Center.
“I like working with other people because when you work with other people, they start to think about other things – different ideas on how we can create this concept. Now you are able to say it’s not just my way, it’s a team effort and that’s one of the most exciting things about it,” said Edward Steward, furniture manufacturer.
Programs like these help the agency in its mission to improve public safety by providing individuals with new skills to support their career endeavors. Incarcerated individuals know they are creating something that will benefit their community and the skills could also lead to employment opportunities upon reentry.