Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   November 5, 2004


DRC Cuts Ribbon on Prison System’s Meat Processing Career Center

(COLUMBUS)---Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Reginald A. Wilkinson was joined by Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Fred Dailey and other dignitaries for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Pickaway Correctional Institution (PCI) today. The ceremony was held to commemorate the official opening of DRC’s Meat Processing Career Center to be operated by Ohio Penal Industries.

“DRC prison farms have a long history of producing a significant portion of the food consumed by the inmate population”, Wilkinson said. “In addition to increasing the production capabilities of our prison farms, the processing career center will provide valuable job training for 125 inmate workers which will allow them to find meaningful employment when they return to the community.”


When fully operational in early 2007, 1.9 million pounds of beef and 1.8 million pounds of pork will be processed annually for inmates statewide. The 37,000 square feet facility which cost $10 million to construct, will enhance the Department’s self-sufficiency capabilities by enabling meat processing operations adequate to supply all 32 DRC institutions a sufficient supply of meat products.


For more information please contact the DRC Office of Public Information at (614) 752-1150.