Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on January 23, 2013 @ 7:27PM
Created on January 23, 2013 @ 5:33PM
A new program in Barbour County is designed to help people who were incarcerated or have low incomes get back on their feet. Through the county correction's program, they'll be able to take classes to help them get a job and stay out of trouble.
The program will help teach those people how to write a resume, go through the interview process, and keep a job. This is in hopes to make them active members of the community, and stay out of jail.
They'll be doing all of this in partnership with the Kisra program. People that take the classes will be able to learn about all the aspects of having a job, and keeping it.
Once they get their job, they'll also have a chance to go through money management so that they'll be able to save up the money they have, and eventually buy a home or rent an apartment on their own.
Program organizers hope this will cut down on the recidivism rate in the area, and allow more people to become productive members of the Barbour County community.
"I think we've all heard about the overcrowding at the prisons and regional jails. If we can get people back on track, especially in Barbour County, we could maybe get the citizens to be more productive members of society and in essence, it would just benefit Barbour County as a whole," said Matthew Bennett, director of the county's community corrections program.
The program will start on February 5th.
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