Prisoners housed at the Bolduc Correctional Facility have the opportunity to make significant strides toward a positive reintegration to society. The prisoner can improve his skills, employability and self-knowledge through vocational training, academic and computer education, and evidence-based programs.
Unit Management System
The Bolduc Correctional Facility's Unit Management Team is comprised of an Assistant Director, Zone Supervisor, Correctional Care/Treatment Worker, Community Programs Coordinator, Substance Use Counselor, Teacher, Mental Health Worker, Correctional Officer, and a Unit Clerk.
This team has decision-making authority regarding certain programs and security decisions for prisoners who reside at this facility. Unit Management is a more effective way to manage programs.
Each housing unit at BCF has its own Correctional Care and Treatment Worker (CCTW). The CCTW is responsible for the following:
- The resource person that the prisoners go to regarding day-to-day problems which they may be experiencing.
- Provides information on institutional and community programs and makes necessary referrals to the proper resources.
- Responds to family crises, emergency situations, and coordinates furloughs for deathbed visits and funeral trips, as prison policy allows.
- Works closely with the Department of Human Services in the areas of child protection, parental rights, and child support payments.
- Provides re-entry planning and coordinates with social service agencies in the community which the prisoner will be released to.
The Bolduc Correctional Facility is very active in the community. For well over 30 years, the facility's programs have worked to assist local municipalities, state agencies, food pantries, school departments, community action agencies and regional historical societies. Projects have ranged from building wheel chair ramps at the homes of handicapped individuals to major construction and renovations such as the Cushing School and the Thomaston Branch of the University of Maine.
Crews from the Bolduc Facility assist area municipalities and state agencies with roadside clean up and waste dump control. We currently provide the Department of Transportation with two full-time crews. This program has evolved into a major cooperative effort by two state agencies to provide a service to the State of Maine.
Little Angels Service Dogs: Little Angels Service Dogs out of Bartlett, NH has recently partnered with staff and prisoners of Bolduc Correctional Facility raising and training certified service dogs. The dogs are trained to assist people with Autism, Seizures, Mobility, Hearing, Psychiatric, and Non-combat PTSD. The puppies arrive at the facility when they are approximately 12 weeks old where they will live with and be trained by hand-selected prisoners. This is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week responsibility which can take between 12 and 18 months before the dogs are returned to Little Angels for final certification and eventual placement with a recipient. Prisoners who are selected understand and accept the high level of responsibility placed on them and are expected to remain discipline free and to participate in the program from start to finish. Many of the prisoners already involved in the brief history of our program have shared that having a dog to train has benefitted them greatly as it gives them an opportunity to give back to the community, but more specifically, someone in need. Once having successfully completed the training of the dog, the prisoner is certified by Little Angels Service Dogs as an Assistant Trainer. Little Angels Service Dogs is a Non-profit organization accredited by Assistance Dogs International.
For nearly 30 years the Bolduc Correctional Facility has operated a Work Release Program in the local communities. It was suspended in 1988 to focus primarily on farming and vocational training, but the increase in population has created a need to return to this program.
The work release program has grown to around 100 prisoners that work in the Mid-coast area. While on local work release, prisoners will pay room and board as well as any other court ordered restitution. Areas of employment include trades, construction, manufacturing/production, food service, fisheries, landscaping, auto repair and other local businesses.
Religious services are also available at the Bolduc Facility and are coordinated by the Chaplain at the Maine State Prison. Many faiths are represented and services, prayer meetings, and study groups are scheduled. Outside religious groups provide numerous activities to our population including an annual Christmas party.
All BCF prisoners are encouraged to pursue educational goals and use the resources of the Education Department. Classification refers everyone interested in programs as well as everyone who is not a high school graduate for needs assessment and placement. Programs include:
- Adult Basic Ed: Skill building in math, reading, writing
- HISET: Preparation and testing for the high school equivalency diploma.
- College: televised courses through the University of Maine and the Southern Maine Community College.
The Education Department manages the Library. It also sponsors special programs provided by volunteers and groups from the outside, including:
- Literacy: Work one-on-one with Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) Certified tutors.
- New Books, New Readers, a project of the Maine Humanities Council, focuses on the rewards of reading in workshop series for readers at all levels.
Vocational programs offer the prisoner population the chance to learn or improve marketable job skills:
Auto Mechanics: The Auto Mechanic focuses on engine work, from tune-ups to overhauls, and maintenance work including alignment. Modern equipment includes an electronic analyzer and an all-wheel alignment machine.
Welding: The purpose of the welding program is to teach an individual to become proficient as a beginning welding tradesman. This accomplished by utilizing National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER). It touches on several aspects of the trade such as; Safety, Principles of welding, Solid core MIG welding, Flux core MIG welding, Stick welding, TIG welding (time permitting), filler wire selection, Oxy/acetylene torch, Plasma cutter, Grinding wheel, and carbon arc techniques.
As an established goal, BCF staff, in coordination with local employers, attempt to transition prisoners from their respective vocational schools to local work release.
The facility’s Community Programs Coordinator works with the Vocational Trades Instructors to try to find placements for those prisoners that graduate with distinction. The hope is that at least a percentage of those placed will continue their employment upon release.
Farm Program: From a small one-acre plot in 1980 to now several acres of crops under cultivation, the Bolduc Correctional Farm Program has developed into a major supplier of produce for the DOC facilities. We are currently using approximately several acres for vegetable crops, a one-acre apple orchard and 50 acres for hay and cattle grazing.
The farm operation is a major contributor and cost savings program to the Department of Corrections while providing educational and work opportunities for our inmates. Our current agricultural plan includes producing vegetables for our kitchen staff to help provide healthy meals as well as to distribute to local food pantries, raising a beef herd of Belted Galloway cattle where the offspring are butchered to help supply ground beef to the Rockland food pantry to help alleviate food insecurity in Knox County, repairing old overused crop land by proper crop rotation and adding cover crops.
The past few years we have expanded our ability to assist the Animal Welfare department from caring for 4 horses in the Shelter ME program to taking in abused and malnourished livestock confiscated by the state. Our inmate workers provide the care and feeding of these animals in need to bring that back to a healthy condition while in state custody. We have taken in a wide variety of livestock to include cattle, swine, assorted poultry, an alpaca, and a donkey.
We have started a wood harvesting program of harvesting trees for lumber to be cut on site with our portable mill, cutting fire wood to be sold to the State Park camp grounds, and selling excess pine and spruce logs to a local mill using trained staff and inmates.
Plate Shop: The Bolduc Correctional Facility operates the state of Maine license plate program in conjunction with the Secretary of State's office. In a non-new issue year, we employ six prisoners on a regular basis. The plate shop have made and shipped over 750,000 license plates.
Recycling: The Recycle Program is a program that is intended to reduce the amount of waste generated by the Maine State Prison and the Bolduc Correctional Facility both located in Warren, Maine. This effort will reduce the cost of trash disposal and help reduce the amount of material going into local landfills. Initially, both MSP and BCF started their own programs but in August of 2019, both programs were combined and moved to the old fire house at BCF to free up space and stream line operations.
The trash is picked up daily by BCF staff and then transported to the recycle center for separation of paper, plastics and other recyclable items. It employs 6 BCF inmates and one BCF staff member. Once separation is complete, all recyclable items are transported to the Lincoln County Recycle Center located in Wiscasset, Maine and the trash is transported the Waldoboro Transfer Station in Waldoboro, Maine.
Even though the program is only a few years old, it has proven to be very effective at its intended purpose. Both facilities combined, generate an average weekly amount of approximately 8-12 thousand pounds of waste with approximately two thirds of that going through the recycling process. The remaining one third is possible but the lack of recycling equipment makes it challenging. Many practices and collection procedures have been refined over the last year to make a more efficient system and more are being developed.
The future of recycling has gone through dramatic changes in the last few years mostly due to China’s changes in taking the worlds waste. Less items are now recycled and that means those items are ending up in local landfills and higher cost to tax payers. That being said, there are still great efforts being done in the recycling world and those efforts should continue to aid in the reduction of waste.
The Mental Health Department at the Bolduc Correctional Facility is staffed by a part-time Clinical Social Worker. Services provided include counseling include crisis intervention, assessment and evaluation. Individual treatment is provided for prisoners with special needs. On call mental health services are available if needed.
- AA - Meets weekly on Thursday nights. Outside volunteers may attend as well as BCF residents.
- NA - This group meets weekly on Sunday nights. Outside volunteers attend along with BCF residents.
- AA Furlough Program - Residents who attend at least three in-house meetings and meet all other requirements may attend AA meetings in the local area. Volunteer drivers provide transportation to these meetings.
- Individual Counseling - Because of the ratio between the substance abuse counselor and clients, and the number of groups run by the counselor, individual counseling is provided on a limited basis to any resident who requests it. This counseling includes crisis, monitoring, case management, and referral to other providers both in and out of the prison system.
- All Recovery-Is a meeting focused on all aspects of recovery, welcoming all who are in recovery or support recovery. Ran one day a week by outside volunteers from the Portland Recovery Community Center, and facility staff.
- Recovery Coaching-MDOC has trained CCAR Recovery Coaches who provide recovery coach services to peers, this is a peer to peer model. We have several trained peers who provide recovery related support to those who want to work with coaches on recovery related goals.
- Group Counseling - There are several group programs offered at BCF.
- Living in Balance
- Relapse Prevention
- Medicated Assisted Treatment
The Substance Abuse Department works closely with all other facets of BCF and maintains contact with outside sources.
There is a strong volunteer network which provides valuable service to the department staff; these dedicated individuals are honored every August at the annual Gull Group Barbecue.
The resident Substance Use Counselor is an active member of the Unit Management Team.