Lakewood, NJ (June 7, 2004)–Fifteen miles off Highway 17 in south central Florida, you will find the Hardee Correctional Institution (HCI)–home to over 1,700 inmates. In light of past funding cut backs that have forced the institution to eliminate its educational programs, members of the Chaplain’s office at HCI have introduced positive teaching and instruction alternatives to help occupy and stimulate the inmates’ minds on the road to rehabilitation. Through the donation of top quality audio equipment by surrounding community members and Neutrik–a leader in manufacturing professional audio accessories–most of these positive techniques are delivered through music.
According to Carl F. Fortner, senior chaplain at HCI, the music has played an integral role in reducing tension surrounding the facility’s prisoners, helping minimize confrontation among the incarcerated. The audio equipment is utilized during church services, daily exercises and special performances conducted by the prisoners for visitors. However, the audio equipment was starting to exhibit some wear and tear. Enter Neutrik, which recently donated replacement parts to HCI after receiving a written request from Chaplain Fortner.
Having read about Neutrik’s quality audio accessories in a trade publication, Chaplain Fortner mailed a list of replacement parts that included “X” Series XLR cable connectors, 1/4″ plugs and wallplates. As part of their rehabilitation, the prisoners are responsible for completing the refurbishment of the audio equipment. They are taught the purpose for each individual connector and learn to solder in order to replace the worn parts.
“We appreciate Neutrik donating quality audio parts so that we can continue our musical program,” stated Chaplain Fortner. “Since its inception, we have noticed a remarkable difference in the behavior of our inmates. We hope to expand the music program in future years, and through the generosity of companies such as Neutrik, our vision will become a reality.”
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