More Than 100 Inmates Complete Substance Abuse and Job Skills Programs
In 2013, a total of 135 female and male 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. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department first began offering self-improvement programs to inmates at the Detention Center in 2007.
Since 2007, Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said a total of 329 inmates successfully completed one or more of the six substance abuse, job skills and personal growth programs while the inmates were housed at the Detention Center. Of the 329 inmates, 160 inmates were released from the Detention Center and returned to the community. Nearly 80 percent of the 160 inmates successfully returned to the community and were not arrested and re-incarcerated for committing additional crimes.
In 2013, a total of 56 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 2013, a total of 44 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 18 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 2013, a total of 10 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 2013, a total of four inmates graduated 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.
In 2013, a total of three 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.
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.