15 Inmates Successfully Complete Job Skills and Substance Abuse Programs
A total of 15 inmates at the Lexington County Detention Center will graduate at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12 from job-skills assessment and alcohol and drug abuse programs that the inmates successfully completed while being housed at the Detention Center.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a graduation ceremony for the 15 inmates at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday in 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 seven inmates will graduate from the WorkKeys job-skills assessment program, Metts said. Inmates Terry Culbertson, Johnny Dickerson, Alejandro Douglas, Diedreich Jackson, Justin Kyzer, Jose Rosas-Guillen and Michael R. Smith successfully completed the job-skills assessment program while being housed at the Detention Center.
ACT administers the WorkKeys job-skills assessment program, Metts said. 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 WorkKeys 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, Metts said.
A total of five inmates will graduate 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, Metts said. Inmates Dave Wise, Steven Bradley, Lisa Londono, Endira Torres and Kelsey Jones successfully completed the faith-based alcohol and drug abuse program while being housed at the Detention Center.
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. Inmates Michelle Whitworth, Rhonda K. Price and Troy Whaley successfully completed the faith-based alcohol and drug abuse program while being housed at the Detention Center.
In 2012, a total of 231 inmates at the 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, 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 that are offered to inmates at the detention facility, Metts said. Of the 184 inmates, 83 percent successfully returned to the community and were not arrested and re-incarcerated for committing additional crimes.
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.