New Rehabilitation Program for Inmates At Brevard County Jail Focuses On Work Life After Release
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard Sheriff // October 31, 2018
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is written by Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Yesterday morning, our agency launched a brand new rehabilitation program for inmates that are incarcerated in the Brevard County Jail.
The program that is in partnership with the Homebuilders and Contractors Association of Brevard is designed to prepare inmates to gain employment in the construction industry once they are released from our facility.
The program was created as the sudden boom and demand in the construction industry has created a significant need for employees that are prepared to work as labors and other skilled areas of the industry.
Prior to gaining employment, potential employees must complete a 10 hour OSHA Training Course, so our agency in partnership with the Homebuilders and Contractors Association is now teaching the course to inmates that volunteer to get the certification.
Yesterday’s class, had 33 inmates in attendance and we currently have a waiting list of inmates who have volunteered to undertake the training so that they can gain employment upon their return to society. In addition to the training the partnership is also providing the inmates upon their departure a list of companies that can offer them immediate employment.
Our ultimate goal is to provide the training to as many inmates as possible so that we can continue to lower our recidivism rate while also continuing to lower our Crime Rate. By giving the inmates an opportunity to gain employment we give them an opportunity to be a productive member of society.
I would like to personally thank Suzanne Cummings and Michelle Masline of the Homebuilders and Contractors Association for their development of the program, Al Bleakley of FIT for teaching our first class and Corrections Deputy Ray Short for serving as our agency instructor in all of our future classes.
Another great program created by our team and another great partnership with our community!
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