Century Correctional Builds Picnic Tables For Local School At $5K Savings

February 17, 2015

Students at Escambia Westgate School have new picnic tables to enjoy today, thanks to inmate labor at the Century Correctional Institution.

CCI inmates delivered 25 newly constructed picnic tables to the school Monday and placed them around the campus. Principal Terry Colburn requested for CCI to build the tables. The school supplied the materials, and the prison supplied the carpenter and an inmate crew to build them.

It’s estimated that Escambia Westgate saved about $5,000 with the Century Correctional built tables versus purchasing commercially available tables.

Century Correctional often performs labor for local schools, including Bratt Elementary, Byrneville Elementary and Northview High. Inmates are only allowed on campus when their are no children present.

Pictured above and below: Century Correctional Institution inmates deliver new picnic tables built by the prison to Escambia Westgate School. Pictured bottom: Escambia Westgate staff, prison leadership, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas pose with some of the inmates. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “Century Correctional Builds Picnic Tables For Local School At $5K Savings”

  1. Joseph on February 21st, 2015 12:06 am

    This kind of service is good to see. Not everyone in the corrections system is a hardened criminal. The community benefits from thier labor. I would like to see more inmates cleaning trash, mowing along county roads and tree care. Citizens should realize that pride in community doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Pride in community spaces might actually spread to private yards.

  2. J.S. on February 18th, 2015 7:57 am

    great job Century CI using yoyr inmates in a positive way in our community. keep it up

  3. tg on February 17th, 2015 1:51 pm

    Prisons are full of good craftsmen they have the ability to build more Prisons while expanding their trade and saving money.

  4. Bob C. on February 17th, 2015 7:54 am

    Thanks to the inmates from CCI and to the leadership there that allowed this GREAT Contribution for Escambia Westgate to take place. AWESOME benefit for ALL.

    Remembering back to the days when hall lockers, cafeteria tables, desks and the such would be taken from schools during summer break and repaired, renovated, re-painted by Florida Inmates. They would come back to schools looking brand new and working perfectly.

    Inmates used to build bookcases for libraries and other furniture from scratch and their work was an art craft and beautiful and decades long lasting.

    If you have ever been in the Federal Courthouse downtown Pensacola there is a lot of that furniture made by inmates and it is outstanding.

    I think this is a Great use of prisoner time and effort and just because they messed up and landed in jail / prison does not mean they lack skills and talents that can benefit both them and we the citizens.

    Saved $5,000 and the inmates can have great personal pride in saying, “I helped make that for the kids at Escambia Westgate”.
    We need more Good News like this….Thank You.

  5. Capt on February 17th, 2015 7:07 am

    The tables look great. The kids will get some good use out of them. Good job to the CCI inmates.

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