DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Inmates in Dorchester County are utilizing expertise to be taught and higher their lives by means of a brand new initiative.
The Dorchester County Detention Heart is utilizing pill gadgets to be taught expertise that would assist them as soon as they go away jail for the surface world.
“I made a decision to place it in place,” mentioned Sheriff LC Knight. “It’s been very profitable for us to date.”
Paytel, the corporate that gives telephone calls and video visitation companies to inmates, offers their “Pathway to Obtain” program at no further price to inmates or the jail.
“They instructed us that there was 12,000 hours of schooling charged to the tablets,” Sheriff Knight mentioned.
That’s simply within the first quarter of this 12 months.
Inmates select from 900 programs on numerous subjects together with how one can deal with stress and what to do when you have habit issues.
“It trains them in numerous issues and helps them in restoration. A few of them possibly have an habit drawback, and [it] offers them some concepts on the place they’ll get assist and that type of stuff,” he defined.
The highest three classes inmates on the Dorchester County Detention Heart are spending their time studying about are habit restoration, self-control, and even how one can be a greater mum or dad.
“A great lots of our people who’re staying there, or what I generally name deadbeat dads, neglect they carry youngsters into the world and so they don’t wanna care for them. So, any individual carries them to court docket and tries to get them to pay their fair proportion to care for these youngsters and this sort of helps them perceive that I do have a duty,” mentioned Sheriff Knight.
260 inmates accomplished a number of GED prep programs and 26 inmates accomplished all 160 GED programs.
“You recognize, although there’s been some dangerous publicity about numerous detention amenities, many of the sheriffs are attempting to do what’s proper as a result of everybody in there may be any individual’s beloved one. And we’re chargeable for taking good care of them.”
Paytel mentioned this system has a worth of almost $392,000 if the county needed to pay for it.