Eighty persons completed Volunteer Training at North Idaho Correctional Institute Saturday, March 31, under the direction of Chaplain Richard Manifold.
NICI currently has over 130 volunteers from the local area, the Palouse and as far away as Rathdrum, Idaho, and Eltopia, Wash.
Volunteers represented a number of religious denominations and self help groups that work with offenders at the institution. They were briefed on institution procedures and policies. “The training helps establish a good working relationship with staff and volunteers to benefit the offenders,” chaplain Manifold said. “It is a real team effort to bring about changes in the offenders.”
The next volunteer training will be Sept. 29, 2007.
Offenders assist the community
Several offender work crews from North Idaho Correctional Institution at Cottonwood have helped the Cottonwood community during the past few weeks.
The Prairie Pirates sport sign damaged by winter storms has been taken down and is being repaired by offenders at the institution.
A work crew spent Tuesday at the Wimer Baseball Field readying it for the upcoming season.
NICI graduates 35 in March
Thirty-five offenders received their GED diplomas during ceremonies at NICI on March 9.
One student also received his high school diploma.
During the 2006 fiscal year, NICI had 388 students complete the state requirements for their GED.