On Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Commissioners received a briefing on the County Corrections, Jail to Community Reentry Program, which provides programs to help inmates with life skills training and workplace development before returning to their lives.
The presentation was met with many positive remarks from Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Commissioners for the variety of programs and their recent results which aims to leave inmates with in a better position to succeed then when they came in.
Some of the programs offered included life skills tracks which includes Cognitive Behavioral Change which aims to change criminal thinking, and vocational certification courses in fields like Food Service and Construction, both with recent graduates poised to enter their fields after completion.
There were some numbers of concern in the program which included an increase in the numbers of Military Veterans that have been booked for a third year in a row. There is a program available that is designed to help them as well. There was also a push to increase the availability of personnel identification to individuals who find difficulty obtaining IDs when leaving.
The programs received praise from all seven members of the Commission. Mayor Teresa Jacobs asked Commissioners to work with their contacts in the food industry to continue helping graduates from the food service course find work.
“I would think that with the relationships here board members have that maybe each of us can reach out to people in the hotel and restaurant business and encourage them to give people a chance that have been through the program.” said Jacobs “I want to make sure we’re doing our part to help.”