Prison Culinary Program Serves Up Job Skills, Confidence

Apr 29, 2015

WCCC Culinary Class with their instructor Chef Lee Shinsato in the middle, and assistant instructor Chef Mark Gonzalez on the far left.
WCCC inmates in the prison's culinary program prepare trays of food, including bahn mi sliders, for a banquet dinner celebrating the class.
Credit Department of Public Safety

Knowing your way around the kitchen may not seem like an obvious pathway out of prison. But at the Women’s Community Correctional Center on O‘ahu, a culinary program aims to provide inmates with job skills that will hopefully keep them from returning behind bars. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.