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Court approves jail program aimed at reducing recidivism & preparing inmates for life after jail

Tara McMillin, Class D Coordinator for the Butler County Jail

Butler County Fiscal Court, at its August 26 meeting, approved an agreement between the South Central Workforce Board and the Butler County Jail. The goal is to reduce recidivism and enable certain Class D state inmates to begin preparing for life after jail by placing them in programs that will allow them to improve work skills.Inmates who qualify for the program will be required to take several classes at the jail, show strong work ethic and the ability to follow facility rules and regulations. The inmate would then work with the Kentucky Career Center participating in employment workshops, resume preparation, and other services.

The career center will host Linking Employment Activities Pre-Release (LEAP) program facilitating interviews of inmates in custody by local employers with jail staff present.

Bobbi Steelman, executive director of Career Team Kentucky Career Center, said there are employers in manufacturing, transportation, construction, and information technology interested in taking part in the program.

"We want to help them so they will be able to be successful when they are released," Steelman said.

Tara McMillin, Class D Coordinator for the Butler County Jail, has put together the Butler County Betterment Program. Several members of the community will take time from their lives to invest in those inmates in the program and support them as they transition back into the community.

"We are excited to be part of this program.  We are the second jail in the state to participate. Our goal is to reduce repeat offenders and better prepare inmates for re-entry into the community," said Ricky Romans, Butler County Jailer.




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