Warden at Bridgeport Facility Uses “Service” as a Tool for Rehabilitation
The Bridgeport Correctional Center, in Bridgeport, Texas, places a lot of emphasis on community service. Warden Gary Currie explains.
“I think that it’s very important for the offenders to learn to put other people first,” he says. “And everything that we do here is trying to teach offenders that there’s other people in the world, other than themselves. And I think that that’s key to their rehabilitation.”
Not only does the facility provide service opportunities for the residents, but the staff members themselves volunteer their time to make their community a better place. Special Olympics is just one way.
Travis Hood, representing the Wise County Sheriff Services, is the event coordinator.
“MTC, along with a couple other companies that are local, and some local individuals, they volunteer, they run the event,” Travis explains. “They run the field event, they volunteer for the popcorn machine, they volunteer for the snow cones. They basically just make it possible. Without them running the field events and the games, there’s no way we can do it.”
“I just want to thank everybody,” he continues. “[I] thank MTC, thank all the volunteers that come out and make it possible. Without them, we can’t do this, and the kids would miss out on a special day.”
About Bridgeport Correctional Center
Bridgeport Correctional Center is accredited by the American Correctional
Association—achieving 100% compliance for both mandatory and non-mandatory
standards in its most recent audit. Other accreditations and certifications include the
Correctional Education Association and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).