"The Illinois Department of Corrections
is pleased to be an integral part of portraying one of America's
most renowned presidents by providing quality products designed and
manufactured by inmates for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
and Museum," IDOC Director Roger E. Walker Jr. said. "The endeavor
of the department's inmates to provide the quality of product that
fits into the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is a
proud moment for Illinois. It is also a proud moment for the
Illinois Department of Corrections. What better way to demonstrate
the rehabilitation of inmates on their return journey to society as
useful members of the community."
Inmates participating in ICI's program
built a combination of desks, executive chairs, modular furniture,
cabinets and tables for the library and museum. These ICI
products will be prominently used in the Lincoln collection
reception room and the curator's office. The custom cherry
workstations as well as trestle tables and chairs will be featured
throughout the library.
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"The Illinois Department of
Corrections is committed to taking prison-based treatment and
re-entry management to the next level of performance," Walker said.
"As part of that focus on successful re-entry management is the
developing and operating of programs that will improve an inmate's
ability to find meaningful employment upon release. ICI programs
offer inmates the opportunity to develop usable skills and positive
work habits. Ultimately, these benefits contribute to both
rehabilitation and reducing recidivism. Through ICI programs,
inmates are able to build their self-esteem and become positive
members of society upon release."
State, county and municipal agencies
and other public institutions qualify as ICI customers.
Not-for-profit corporations chartered in Illinois may also purchase
ICI-produced goods and services. For more information, please refer
to www.idoc.state.il.us or
contact ICI at (217) 522-2666, ext. 7017.
[News release from the
Illinois Department of