As a PIECP participant, OnShore Resources is located
on the grounds of a pre-release correctional facility, which means that
all of our employees are eligible for parole within two years. To be considered
for a position with our company, inmates must meet the following requirements:
- Possess a high school diploma
- Have no history of infractions within the facility for
the previous six months
- Exhibit positive motivation and willingness to learn
OnShore Resources has a job opening, applicants are carefully screened
and go through an interview process. Just as in the free world, the best
candidate is offered the position.
Competition for positions with OnShore Resources is keen, and there is
always a lengthy waiting list for applicants. Our employees are highly
motivated to do quality work for a number of reasons. One is simply
that they don’t take their jobs for granted. As one of our employees
offered, "We are very thankful for our jobs. Of the total prison
population, we are less than 1/10 of one percent who actually have
a chance to learn some skills and save some money. So we are all very
conscientious about doing our jobs right. We can be quickly replaced
by all the other guys who would love to come work here. So
more so, I think, than in the free world, we pay attention to what
we’re doing and try to do the very best work we can."
Another reason our employees do such good work is that they appreciate
the opportunity to learn marketable skills while earning a wage. The
benefit of work training and experience is well-understood. And what
does it mean to them to earn income? As one machine operator said recently, "I’m
able to help out my family by sending them some money. I’m not
dependent upon them to survive. With these jobs, the burden isn’t
so much of a strain on our families – financially, anyway. And
that’s a great opportunity for us."
Another employee added, "I
can buy birthday presents for my two little girls. I couldn’t
do that otherwise."
And finally, we at OnShore Resources won’t
settle for anything less than the highest quality workmanship. We provide
and supervision for our employees. We let them know we expect quality
work, and are seldom disappointed.
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