Five Inmates Successfully Complete Job Skills and Substance Abuse Programs
A total of five inmates at the Lexington County Detention Center will graduate at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 7 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 five 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 three inmates will graduate from the WorkKeys job-skills assessment program, Metts said. Inmates Alexandra J. Goode, Harvey T. Howell and Kevin B. Zeman, Sr. 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 two 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. Inmates Thomas R. Christenham, Jr., and Shantane Craft successfully completed the alcohol and drug treatment program while being housed at the Detention Center.
During the LRADAC program, a clinical addictions counselor met for one hour once per week with Christenham and Craft, Metts said. 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.
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.