Community Restitution/General Facility Maintenance (3 Crews)
Charleston Correctional Facility is exceptionally well known for our community restitution program. Charleston crews have been performing community restitution projects for the surrounding local communities and numerous state agencies since 1980.
A few examples of the worth-while projects our crews perform include maintaining local cemeteries, refurbishing local community buildings and churches. We have converted vehicles into mobile crime labs for the Maine State Police.
During the spring and summer of 2010 we completely rebuilt a building into the new Dover-Foxcroft Police Department which saved the community over $100,000 in labor expenses, and constructed two portable school houses in Guildford, ME for SAD#4. We supply emergency crews to local towns and cities in times of crisis to perform such chores as shoveling school roofs and cleaning public ways and parks after major weather events. Our list of community service to our local communities is very extensive; in 2010, we donated approximately 22,890 inmate hours of labor to our local communities.
The prisoners working in the motor pool perform general scheduled maintenance to all our vehicles and equipment. In certain cases we also perform rebuilds of small equipment, heavy equipment and passenger vehicles.
The prisoner crew assigned to the plumber work as helpers/laborers assisting in the installation of new equipment and fixtures as well as helping in performing maintenance on existing plumbing systems and heating systems.
The prisoner crew assigned to the electrician work as helpers/laborers assisting in the installation of new equipment and fixtures as well as helping in performing maintenance on existing electrical systems.
Steam Plant Operations
Prisoners are assigned to work in the facility steam plant. They are taught the basics in the operation and maintenance of the two large oil burning boilers and two large wood burning boilers. Four foot pulp, wood slabs and scrap wood are burned in the wood boilers in order to save the facility a substantial amount of fuel oil.
Department of Transportation Work Crew
The Charleston Correctional Facility and the Maine Department of Transportation are a most positive example of interagency cooperation. Every work day three designated and trained Department of Transportation employees pick up a crew of prisoners to perform job tasks associated with bridge maintenance and highway repairs. These three work crews have literally saved the State of Maine millions of dollars.
A crew of prisoners works in the Charleston Correctional Facility Storeroom and Canteen performing general labor related tasks.
A crew of prisoners works in the Charleston Correctional Facility kitchen and dining area. All kitchen related duties associated with the preparation, serving, and cleanup of meals are preformed by this crew under the supervision of a Food Service Employee.
Forest Fire Crews
The Maine Forest Service conducts forest fire fighting training for prisoners who have passed all the physical requirements to be on those very physically demanding crews. Forestry Officials repeatedly state that our forest fire fighting crews is among the best. Our forest fire fighting crews have fought forest fires throughout central, eastern, and northern Maine since 1981.