WWVM plans for partnership with Department of Corrections and Correctional Industries
WALLA WALLA, Washington, Nov. 27, 2018 - Walla Walla Vineyard Management has a proposed partnership with the Department of Corrections and Correctional Industries (DOC-CI) to establish a vineyard and hop-yard on property surrounding the Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) in Walla Walla, Washington.
The proposed plan projects the hiring of up to ten (10) incarcerated workers under the Standard Occupational Code (SOC) 45-2092 Farmworker/laborer to work at this site. The intent is to be a teaching vineyard and hop yard to give incarcerated workers a means of education and training that will help them succeed in the community upon release.
Approximately 96% of incarcerated inmates at WSP will be released back into our communities. Our goal is to give them a path toward success that will discourage re-offending and also help with labor shortage in these industries. We are continuing to coordinate with state and local agencies and will provide additional details in due time.
The commodities produced from this site will not pose any unfair advantages to market values. All labor, utilities, land and otherwise costs associated with this partnership will be comparable wages/costs based off the industry in Washington State and paid for by Walla Walla Vineyard Management. It is not our intention nor goal to displace any laborers who currently work in these industries or impair any existing contracts. Our intent is only to improve the future for these incarcerated individuals and help improve the current labor shortage.
All materials associated for this proposed jobsite will be supplied by working with local merchants of the Walla Walla Valley.
Jeremy Petty & Erin Aycock
Walla Walla Vineyard Management
Walla Walla, Washington 99362