On their last day of class for the 2011-12 school year, ISU Associate Professor Shannon Barton-Bellessa and students observed the facility's operations and interacted with offenders and staff. In doing so, they listened to program overviews and discussed the benefits of programming with offenders.
"This class has proven to be so beneficial to the students in making their decisions about whether they would like to pursue a career in corrections," Barton-Bellessa said.
The group spent the afternoon visiting the facility's prisoner dining area, Health Care Unit, Education Department, a housing unit and recreation areas.
The ISU visitors also observed various PCF programs in operation, such as the Clean Lifestyles is Freedom Forever (CLIFF), the Greyhound program and the Thoroughbred Retirement/Equine Management program.
"We strive to employ correctional professionals and hope that the students will choose professions in the field of corrections. Anything that we can do to promote that choice is a win situation for us," PCF Superintendent Stanley Knight commented.
The Putnamville Correctional Facility is a medium-security, adult male facility.