DuPage County Jail Cleaning Program Helps Inmate Transition from Jail-Life to Work-Life
In honor of their accomplishment, the inmates tossed their blue work caps into the air and were awarded a pizza lunch.
The program was funded entirely by grant money and “was great for the health and safety of everyone in the jail and the inmates’ morale,” according to DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick.
“Our whole goal is to give these inmates a life outside of jail,” he added.
“We want them to better themselves while they’re here. We want to give them stability so they can take care of their families. That’s what this is about.”
The Janitorial Work Program takes six weeks to complete. During that time, inmates are taught cleaning methods and how to use cleaning solutions, tools, and equipment properly.
They then practice what they have been taught by cleaning sections of the jail, areas normally cleaned by the professional cleaning staff at the prison.
The Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning® system played a key role in the training.
According to Mendrick, with this system, “high-pressure water brings up the soil from the [jail] cells; then they use a vacuum-like device [built-in to the machine] for cleaning and sanitizing the cells in less than three minutes.”
Another benefit of the Kaivac system Mendrick mentioned is that inmates don’t have to “get on their hands and knees to clean.”
As for reactions to their graduation, one of the eight inmates said, “unfortunately I’m in jail, but I still achieved a certificate, and it helps with my overall personality.”
Another said, “it gave us a chance to look at our lives as productive members of society and not only the criminals that we are looked upon as.”
Once out of jail, inmates will also receive help finding a job, another benefit of the program. The goal, of course, is that they never see the inside of a prison again.
About Kaivac, Inc.
Kaivac is the developer of the No-Touch Cleaning® and OmniFlex™ Crossover Cleaning systems. Headquartered in Hamilton, Ohio, Kaivac, Inc. delivers complete science-based cleaning systems designed to produce healthy results and outcomes while raising the value of cleaning operations and the professionalism of the worker. Kaivac offers an integrated portfolio of environmentally friendly cleaning products designed to remove the maximum amount of soil and potentially harmful biopollutants in the most cost-effective manner possible.
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