Enhancing Programs at Gadsden to Improve Women’s Lives
Jerry Buscher is the warden at the all-female Gadsden Correctional Facility in Quincy, FL.
“So, we are constantly, at Gadsden, from the time we took this contract over in 2010 doing everything we can to make it a better facility. And programming is how we’re going to do it.”
A while back, we reported on a couple of outstanding programs at the Gadsden Correctional Facility. Since then, the facility has invested additional time and resources into these programs and others to continue to improve what is being offered to the residents.
In the cosmetology program, new mirrors, workstations, and chairs have been installed to improve the salon experience for the women who are training for their careers in the hair-care industry.
In the culinary program, residents now serve lunch to staff who pay for the meal, in an effort to give the students experience in a real-life mealtime rush that occurs in any restaurant.
And in the horticulture program, potting benches are being constructed, built by other residents working on construction skills.
“The number one thing that the women need here is a job when they get home” explains Warden Buscher. “They need the ability when they’re released to have a place to live and employment. Our goal, our job, we feel at this facility, is to do everything we can to prepare the women for release. They’re going to go back into your community, my community, so we need to do everything we can to make them successful.”