THE NEW YORK TIMES
ARTICLE PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2019
"Incarceration is a dehumanizing experience. Working in a coffee shop helps the people inside remember how to interact in polite society. The for-profit work traditionally found in correctional facilities, like stamping license plates or making cheap clothing on an assembly line for 86 cents an hour, can’t do that. 'In some ways it’s just about restoring dignity. That’s really hard to do if you’re a robot on an assembly line with no windows working 10 hours a day,' said Nick Hirsch, director of the Coffee Crafters Academy, which operates barista classes in two Ohio prisons. 'But when you craft a drink, you have to have soft skills, customer interaction, that impacts your work.'”
"The [Coffee Crafters] Academy is thorough, demanding, and, yes, competitive: At time of press, 37 inmates were employed in the operation's cafes, and went through a rigorous hiring sequence before being given the proverbial keys to the shop."
REPORT PUBLISHED APRIL 2017
"We just found that the coffee industry is one that we can leverage to teach them some of the more transferrable skills that they can use within any industry."
- Nick Hirsch, former Director of Coffee Crafters Academy
"Warden Jeffery Noble says about 70% of their inmates will eventually return to society. 'The better trained they [released inmates] are, the better prepared they are to return to society they are, the less likely they are to come back.'"
CENTRAL OHIO NEWS
REPORT PUBLISHED JULY 2016
"According to Warden Jason Bunting, the goal is to 'give them opportunities to have a sense of pride [and] an opportunity to have a sense of hope.'
'You have to give them tangible skill sets, that not only applies to what we're doing inside the prison but when they get out to the community, what that looks like and transition with skill sets that honestly don't bring them back.'"