11-3 Sheriff's columnm — Preparing inmates for life after jail

By SHERIFF STEVE LAWSON
Posted 11/2/19

Preparing inmates for life after jail

Last week, we told you about how we utilize inmate labor as a means of improving the lives of inmates during their time at the Bradley County Jail. This week, we would like to tell you about how we provide opportunities that can equip and empower our inmates for an improved quality of life following their release.

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11-3 Sheriff's columnm — Preparing inmates for life after jail

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Last week, we told you about how we utilize inmate labor as a means of improving the lives of inmates during their time at the Bradley County Jail. This week, we would like to tell you about how we provide opportunities that can equip and empower our inmates for an improved quality of life following their release.

During their time with us, we not only want our inmates to reflect on their actions that led to their incarceration; we also want them to plan ahead for life following their release and set them up to be successful and productive members of society.
In order to provide sustainable skills for our inmates to acquire and maintain employment following their respective release, our educational program was restarted under the current administration in 2018.

Through our partnerships with Lee University and the Tennessee Department of Workforce Development, we are able to bring in several volunteer teachers from the Bradley County community to teach classes. Our classes cover these three categories: life skills, job skills and education.
Currently, these classes (each with multiple class times) are offered by our educational program to inmates:
• Creative Writing
• What Employees are Expected to Know
• Advanced Anger Management
• Intro to Poetry Writing
• Community Resources for Families
• Basics of Commercial Driving
• GED Class for Males
• GED Class for Females
In addition to the educational programs offered in our facility, we offer many faith-based programs that touch the lives of our inmates while they are incarcerated. These programs are continuous and involve several ministries from our area.
Every day, we work to make Bradley County a better and safer community and that starts with believing in the future of our inmates.

As sheriff, I believe that as we continue working hard to transform the lives of our men and women who are currently in jail, we can look forward to a brighter future for our county.

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