Gadsden County inmates get new tech to obtain GED, other educational resources
GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office recently implemented a new program to give inmates access to educational and mental health resources, helping them create a better life when released from jail.
“When an inmate gets in our custody, we want them to leave here in better shape than when they got here,” said Jail Bureau Chief Colonel Robert Barkley. “What we want to do is equip them with the services they need while they’re in jail, like prepping them for their GED.”
The jail has 70 tablets through a program called HomeWAV, and they were funded through the Inmate Welfare Fund; it consists of money inmates spend at the jail’s commissary, combined with state funding.
Colonel Barkley said since implementing the program a week ago, they’ve already seen a decrease in violent behavior among inmates.
Below are a list of educational courses that will be available to inmates:
- Job skills/training offerings
- Interviewing skills, resume development
- GED preparation courses
- Workshop Kits (anger management, coping skills, cognitive behavioral therapy concepts)
- Khan Academy basic math and science courses
- Introduction to computer programming
- Conversational English Courses (ESL)
- Introduction to personal finance
- Various legal topics
- Denominational and non-denominational religious offerings
- HiSET and TASC Preparedness
- The OpenStax Book Depository
- Reentry education framework programming
Colonel Barkley said they want the inmates to be better citizens when they get back into their communities.
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