A Prison Restaurant That’s Open to the Public Offers Inmates Hope and Training for the Future
The Fife and Drum restaurant in Massachusetts offers first-rate food and service to the public. But what makes it really special is that it’s staffed by prison inmates. The Northeastern Correctional Center offers a unique culinary arts program that allows inmates to interact with customers and help them prepare for life after prison. Inmates learn skills, ethics, and receive human interaction. Most importantly, they are treated like restaurant employees, not prisoners. Vocational programs such as the Fife and Drum make all the difference for these inmates’ chances for success on the outside.