JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) – It’s all about starting a new. Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway announced a new program that is aimed at keeping non-violent inmates from becoming repeat offenders. It is called the ‘Renewed for Re-entry program’.
The Program is designed to reduce the recidivism rate by providing education and job opportunities for people who are currently in the Jefferson County Jail.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Lawson State Community College, The Dannon Project, and Ironworks have all partnered together.
Through the ‘Renewed for Re-entry program’, participants will be able to receive the resources and skills needed to have a fresh new start when returning to the workforce.
WATCH: Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway and other organizations announce the ‘Renewed for Re-entry program.
Through the program, Lawson State Community College will provide classroom instructional programs called ‘Ready to Work’.
‘Ready to Work’, will work with students during a 5-week program, where the students will sit with teachers and learn employment skills that will help them in the workforce. The classes will focus on the fundamental basic skills and be a stepping stone for the students to help meet their goal of getting back to work.
Basic interviewing skills, resume skills, and professional skills will be a part of the program. The credentials provided will help the students work toward being successful. This is a referral program through the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
The Dannon Project CEO, Executive, and Re-Entry Program Director, Wayne Heard says, the role of the Dannon Project will be case managers. They will provide the initial assessments for each student to recognize and see if there are any barriers in the way of the person participating in being released. They are making sure they are acting as law-abiding citizens and ready to be released.
The goal of the team is to make sure that they are prepared to be released and have a smooth transition to become employed.
Once they are released the Dannon Project says they will be able to provide transportation to any of the students in the program in need.
The Ironworkers organization is also a part of the team. The organization will be on hand to help teach, and train skill sets that participants in the program can use as well. Students will learn how to build, how to wield and a lot of other skills that will help shape a better future.
The Renewed for Re-entry program was part of Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway’s promise during his campaign, “to stop the revolving door’ at the Jefferson County Jail and every citizen have a better future.