More than 200 inmates complete substance abuse, job skills program | Community Spirit
In 2012, a total of 231 inmates at the Lexington County Detention Center successfully completed one or more of the six substance abuse, job skills and personal growth programs that the Detention Center offers to inmates while they are housed at the detention facility.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said a total of 184 inmates were released from the Detention Center in 2012 after the inmates successfully completed one or more of the six substance abuse, jobs skills and personal growth programs while they were housed at the detention facility. Of the 184 inmates, 83 percent successfully returned to the community and were not arrested and re-incarcerated for committing additional crimes.
In 2012, a total of 40 inmates graduated from U-Turn for Christ, which is a four-week alcohol and drug abuse counseling program that Calvary Chapel Church in Lexington administers at the Detention Center, Metts said. A total of 55 inmates graduated from Celebrate Recovery, which is an eight-week alcohol and drug abuse counseling program that First Baptist Church of Lexington administers at the Detention Center.
In 2012, a total of 34 inmates graduated from an eight-week alcohol and drug abuse treatment program that LRADAC/The Behavioral Health Center of the Midlands administers at the Detention Center, Metts said.
In 2012, a total of 44 inmates graduated from the In Pursuit of Happiness program, which is a faith-based, personal growth program, while they were housed at the Detention Center, Metts said.
The goal of the In Pursuit of Happiness program is to teach inmates how to understand psychological needs and other factors that can result in criminal behavior, Metts said. During the program, inmates learn about basic psychological needs that influence human behavior and learn how to responsibly satisfy their basic psychological needs without resorting to criminal behavior.
In 2012, a total of 37 inmates graduated from the WorkKeys job-skills assessment program while the inmates were housed at the Detention Center, Metts said. ACT administers the job-skills assessment program. ACT provides educational testing and workforce development services across the United States.
Adult education teachers conducted the job-skills assessment program for inmates at the Detention Center in partnership with Lexington County School District Two and Lexington County School District Four, Metts said. The WorkKeys program enables inmates to demonstrate to prospective employers that the inmates have the necessary skills to perform particular jobs.
The WorkKeys program also provides inmates with information about jobs that would best fit their skills, Metts said. In addition, inmates who complete the job-skills assessment program learn about additional training and skill development that they should undertake in order to enhance their opportunities to obtain full-time employment after they are released from jail.
In 2012, a total of 21 inmates graduated from a six-week culinary arts training class while they were housed at the Detention Center, Metts said. Trinity Services Group, Inc., which contracts with Lexington County government to provide meals for inmates at the Detention Center, conducted the culinary arts training class. The goal of the culinary arts training class is to educate inmates in order to provide them with food preparation skills that they can use to find jobs in the food service industry after they are released from the Detention Center.
The substance abuse, job skills and personal growth programs that are offered to inmates at the Detention Center reflect the Sheriff’s Department mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County, Metts said.