At a recent celebration of the twenty-year partnership between Hickman's Family Farms, the Arizona Department of Corrections and Arizona Correctional Industries, Hickman management shared a powerful video ( HDvideo) detailing the history of the program and featuring testimonials from many people involved with it, past and present.
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Some of the highlights of the video include:
Billy Hickman explaining that though inmate work programs take a lot of work to establish and maintain and can, potentially, result in negative media attention, "when everything goes well, there is silence. Programs like this put a lot of people at risk for a 'bad day' - we understand bad days. I want to thank the Department and ACI staffs, their commitment makes programs like this successful, putting people back to work. We put people in the habit of making good decisions and that's what this program is all about. I hope it continues on in perpetuity."
These inmates, currently working with Hickman's Family Farms through the ACI inmate labor program, feel that it provides a great opportunity for them to learn and grow.
These "graduates" of the ACI inmate labor program exemplify how successfully former offenders can transform their lives through the program.