Gordon Boyd has volunteered at Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility, Wilton, NY, since 2003. Though listed as a "religious volunteer", he has worked primarily on Department Of Corrections-authorized programs, such as Phase II and Phase III Transitional Services, required courses for inmates. He has also helped inmate facilitators deliver courses such as "Seven Habits of Highly Successful People", and S.O.A.P. (Success Outside After Prison). He has also brought his church choir to Mt. McGregor at Christmas time, and helped raise money to restore the historic 1915 Austin pipe organ in the chapel. He says volunteering in the prison "makes me optimistic".
Outside of his volunteer work, his is an energy consultant in Saratoga Springs and a member of both the choir and the vestry of Bethesda Episcopal Church. He formerly worked on the staff of the Speaker of the NYS Assembly and is a graduate of Hamilton College. His writings on environmental and energy issues have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, the Sunday Gazette and the Journal of Resource Management and Technology.
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How can people motivated to refore the correctional system do so by improving the lives of individual inmates? What opportunities exist for volunteering in the system? What restrictions and rules affect the work of the volunteer? Are there risks or concerns that new volunteers should be aware of?
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