The Morgan County Jail Correction Crew is now giving the inmates an opportunity of, giving back to the society for what they took from it. This is done through a special kind of work release program.
- Non-violent offenders
- About 80 percent of them have addiction issues.
- Some of them were charged with theft.
The inmates whose traits fall in the groups mentioned above are among those who qualify for the program.
However, this program restricts inmates who are perceived as having committed serious offenses. Among the offenses that have been restricted from the program include:
- Robbery cases
- Battery cases
- Those under protective orders.
Morgan County Jail Prison Volunteers: How the Program Works
This project is under Morgan County Jail Work Release & Jail Corrections Programs.
The program’s officials believe that there are no bad people. They just know that the good people do make bad choices at times.
Inmates participating in the program do work 5-6 days a week, but in fourteen various regions in Morgan County.
Here is the good part of it: for every 7-days worked, these inmates get a day off their sentences.
For most of these inmates, however, their main aim is not about getting the time off their sentences. All they value and want the most is to acclaim to life outside the jail.
It is an opportunity for them to get back on their feet again. It is their chance to get in the normal routine of waking up, getting out and living a normal life.
As Catherine, one of the inmates in the Morgan County Jail facility says, they really enjoy the program.
Catherine was jailed because of, being a drug addict. She works 6-days in every week:
- 2-days at the Senior Center.
- 2-days at the Habitat for Humanity.
- 2-days at the Morgan County Humane Society.
Importance of the Program
Originally, Catherine was sentenced to be released on Feb. 7. But after attending the program for quite some time, it has been shifted to Jan. 7. Thanks to Catherine’s time in the incredible program.
Once she sets her feet out of jail as a free person, Catherine plans to accomplish two plans:
- she will continue to serve the community.
- She will show her three kids why it is essential to give back.
By doing so, Catherine believes that:
- She will instill ethical values and morals in her children
- It will also keep her busy thus reduce the likelihood of her turning back to drugs.
Jacob Sager is another inmate at the Morgan County Jail, and who has participated in the program. He’s in jail for violating his probation.
Sager says that this program has thought him how it is better to give back/contribute to the society than taking from it. Just like many colleges in the crew, Sager is proud of having a chance to serve the community.
Sager and other inmates have done a lot! And they are just waiting for folks to see what they have done so that they can challenge their perception on inmates in prisons.