Programs/Services: Choice Education
The Bolduc Correctional Facility is currently offering a program designed to educate interested parties on the consequences they could face if they aren't careful about the choices they make in life. The program is called "Choice Education" which focuses primarily on junior high school and high school age groups but will present to other groups and organizations.
The program was developed, and is currently under the direction of facility caseworker, David Boynton. However, the prisoners that are involved are the real "nuts and bolts" of the program. After going through a rigorous screening process, prisoners are hand selected to become Choice Education presenters. As presenters, they visit various schools and institutions to speak to groups about choices they'll be confronted with in life and how those choices, if not made wisely, could negatively affect their lives.
One topic which is heavily discussed is the use of drugs and alcohol. They discuss how choosing to become involved with drugs and alcohol as a young adult is the wrong choice to make and how it could lead to other, more life-altering choices. Additionally, the prisoners emphasize that their lives are not the only ones affected by their choices- that family and friends suffer from them making poor choices, as well.
Prisoners are not compensated in any way for their efforts, which includes receiving no pay, no cut in their sentence, or any other tangible benefit. What they get is the satisfaction that they deliver a genuine message with the hope of making a difference in the lives of others. It's their way of helping to ensure that others don't make the same choices that they made, which ultimately led to their incarceration.
The Choice Education program is available to all. Anyone wishing to schedule a presentation may do so by calling David Boynton at 273-5105, Monday - Thursday between the hours of 7:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. (If no answer, please leave a message.)