Recreation leisure time activities in a correctional setting are designed to assist men and women to become responsible and productive individuals. The Recreation Department at MDC Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, as well as the classes, are geared towards motivation and involvement by everyone who shows a genuine interest. Recreation is an integral part of the total education process. It is a field of endeavor that has its objective the psychological-social growth and development of inmates. These objectives are accomplished through the medium of physical passive, team, individual, therapeutically, educational and recreational activities that have been carefully designed for the special needs of the inmates by our recreation department to promote recreation involvement to all inmates regardless of race, religion, national origin, sex, handicap or political affiliation. Our staff visits each individual unit in order to organize activities. Contact any of our staff at the recreation department or your unit counselor for more information regarding our programs.
Due to the diverse security of the inmates and the structural layout of the institution, activities between the units are prohibited. For this reason, Intramural Programs are confined to individual units. Team events are organized for all inmates interested in participating in intramural competition. The Wellness Program as well as other class oriented activities is taking place during the week.
The Recreation Hobby Craft program offers personal enjoyment and the opportunity to acquire new leisure skills. At this institution we offer several courses throughout the year. These include Card making, Advanced Card making, Decoupage (the creation of pictures in three dimensions) and a Special Arts and Crafts course in which the inmates learn to create different crafts. In all these courses, the inmates learn the different techniques of creating cards and craftsmanship. These courses are for the designated inmate population, but we also give the opportunity to non-designated inmates. Once the inmate completes the course, he or she will receive a certificate of completion and a photo. To complete each of the hobby craft classes the inmates must obtain a minimum of 15 hours of lesson. These classes are offered every Monday and Tuesday from 8:OOam to 1l:OOam and from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. To participate in any of these programs the inmate must send to the Recreation Department an Inmate Request to Staff Member “Cop-Out”, indicating which class is requested.
The Recreation Structured Exercise Program offers the inmate opportunities to participate in regular, moderate levels of exercise monitored by recreation staff. Structured classes such as Fitness, Nutrition, Human Anatomy, Exercise physiology, and Smoking Cessation are taught by a Certified Personal Trainer. Incentive award such as certificates and photos are given to those inmates who complete any Structured Activity. At this institution we have a very challenging structured program called “Walking for Fitness”. This is a 60 hour program that teaches the inmates the correct techniques of walking. This course is offered to all the housing units in our institution.
A variety of Sport Clinics are offered for inmate involvement. Clinics are given on table tennis, basketball, table games such as chess, dominoes, pool, and others. Subjects include theory and practice. Inmates will have the opportunity to actively engage in the actual sport or leisure activity.
The Sewing Program is organized for our female inmate population. It provides sewing machines and a well-qualified instructor for the course. Designated inmates will have priority for this course. Non- designated inmates will have the opportunity if space is available. Inmates must complete 30 hours of instruction to receive a certificate of completion. Also, a photo is given to the inmate as an incentive award.
During the holidays, special activities such as Basketball 3 on 3, Horseshoe, Movies and Bingos are held. Pop-corn is given during the movies as a special holiday treat. Movies only with PG-13, PG, and G
ratings are authorized.
Recreation leisure time activities in a correctional setting are designed to assist men and women to become responsible and productive individuals. The Recreation Department, emphasizes leisure, physical and team-oriented activities. The Sports Programs, as well as the classes, are geared towards motivation and involvement by everyone who shows a genuine interest. All inmates are encouraged to participate in the structured as well as the unstructured activities. Our staff visit each individual unit in order to organize activities. Contact us via “Cop-out” to sign up for various activities.