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Inmates Graduate from Substance Abuse and Personal Growth Programs


In one week, a total of 21 Lexington County Detention Center inmates will graduate at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 11 from alcohol and drug abuse counseling and personal growth programs that the inmates completed while being housed at the detention facility.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said a graduation ceremony for the 21 inmates will be conducted at a courtroom that is adjacent to the front entrance of the Detention Center at the Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington.

A total of 14 inmates will graduate from an eight-week alcohol and drug treatment program that LRADAC/The Behavioral Health Center of the Midlands administers at the Detention Center, Metts said. During the program, a clinical addictions counselor met for one hour once per week with the 14 inmates. The alcohol and drug treatment program is designed to help inmates confront and conquer addictive, compulsive behaviors that could lead them to commit additional crimes after they are released from the Detention Center.

Inmates who participate in the alcohol and drug treatment program learn skills that will help them avoid situations in which their sobriety could be compromised after they are released from the Detention Center, Metts said. They also receive individual relapse prevention plans that will help them engage in healthy activities that do not include the use of alcohol or drugs.

Metts said the following 14 inmates successfully completed the alcohol and drug treatment program while being housed at the Detention Center: Sisavanh Soukavong, Daryl C. Davis, Johnny Kinsey, Harley Shealy, Charles Barker, Boyd Wright, Gene Rutland, Carl E. James, Paul Worrell, Doug Jordan, Ernest Lake, Dylan Garrick, Michael Anderson and Christopher Ruppe.

A total of three inmates will graduate 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. The sheriff said the following three inmates successfully completed U-Turn for Christ while housed at the Detention Center: Gerald Wyers, Sherrema Chitty and Christy Gable.

Two inmates, Stephen L. Smith and William C. Brown, will graduate from a 12-week anger management program that First Baptist Church of Lexington administers at the Detention Center, Metts said. The anger management program is designed for inmates who abuse alcohol or drugs or who have mental-health issues. The goal of the program is to help inmates learn to control their thoughts and actions so that they can manage anger effectively and avoid taking violent actions or making threats to take violent actions.

Inmate Michael A. Owens will graduate from a six-week culinary arts training class that Owens successfully completed while being housed at the Detention Center, Metts said. Trinity Services Group, Inc., which contracts 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.

Owens met daily for 30 minutes with the person who supervises food service at the Detention Center, Metts said. The supervisor provided Owens with hands-on instruction concerning cleaning and sanitation, food safety, preparation of cold food and hot food, portion control, food inventory and food ordering.

Inmate Scott G. Wolfe, Jr., will graduate from Celebrate Recovery Inside, which is an eight-week alcohol and drug abuse program that First Baptist Church of Lexington administers at the Detention Center, Metts said. The goal of Celebrate Recovery is to enhance the spiritual lives of inmates by showing inmates how they can use their faith to overcome personal problems and experience emotional growth in their lives.

The five programs from which the 21 inmates will graduate 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.



 


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