Florence Penitentiary Marks 10th Year

By: KKTV 11 News
By: KKTV 11 News

The U.S. penitentiary in Florence is celebrating a milestone. This month marks its 10th anniversary. On Wednesday, the media was allowed inside to get a look around.

The penitentiary was built in 1994 to help ease the overcrowded conditions at other facilities. It's a high security, all-male institution, which houses maximum custody inmates.

The inmates are required to work. Some are employed at an on-site furniture warehouse. Others go to school within the institution. "It's important for inmates to keep busy. Not as much idle time on their hands. We give them skills. We give them reasons to continue day in and day out.,” says warden J.E. Gunja.

And several months before the inmates finish their time in prison, staff members work closely with them to prepare them to go back into society.


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