The Wood Shop
The Industries Program at Two Bridges Regional Jail puts inmates’ time and creative talents to good use while incarcerated by producing small items for sale starting at $5 and up. Within this program minimum security inmates are able to utilize their creative skills to construct and paint numerous items which are available for purchase here at the jail as well as some of the local area retail shops. Birdhouses, whirly gigs, cutting boards, planters, jigsaw puzzles, jewelry boxes, novelty mirrors, Adirondack chairs, ammunitions boxes, cradles and other items are available in our lobby. Industries is a self-sustaining program with profits used to purchase more materials and to support community service programs. Inmates are paid a small wage for their work, with a percentage going toward fines, restitution and room and board. Lt. Naomi Bonang is the Industries Supervisor at TBRJ. “The program gives them self-esteem, keeps them busy and productive, and they earn a little money at the same time,” says Lt. Bonang.
In 2014 the Industries Wood Shop opened a kiosk on the Wiscasset waterfront pier to sell the hand-made products. Sales have been very good with folding stick chairs and Adirondack chairs being very popular.