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Coffee Correctional expands reentry program

The program aims to keep ex-cons from returning to prison. (Source:WALB) The program aims to keep ex-cons from returning to prison. (Source:WALB)
Many of the inmates are appreciative of the program. (Source:WALB) Many of the inmates are appreciative of the program. (Source:WALB)
Heather Bitting, Coffee Correctional Principal Heather Bitting, Coffee Correctional Principal
NICHOLLS, GA (WALB) -

National Reentry Week is taking place from April 24-30, 2016.

Prison facilities all throughout the country are finding ways to make sure that their inmates don’t return to the prison system.

Many facilities, including right here in South Georgia, offer their inmates an education and job skills while they’re incarcerated.

One area facility, the Coffee Correctional Facility, is currently leading the state in education diplomas.

“We’re testing as much as we can, as often as we can, and we’re so thankful that we have proud supporters for this program,” Coffee Correctional Principal Heather Bitting says.

Bitting mentions that around 12,000 inmates throughout the state are illiterate. Due to the large number, the facilities can begin teaching inmates on a kindergarten level.

“We’re getting them an education. We’re providing them with the skills and when they’re released back they can take those skills and get a job,” Bitting adds.

Once inmates receive their education, they can begin to work on the necessary skills to make them a better job candidate.

Right now, Coffee Correctional offers classes like brick masonry, computer skills, carpentry, and more are being added to the list.

On Thursday, April 21, Coffee Correctional held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Vocational Training Center.

The facility is partnering with Wiregrass Georgia Technical College to offer classes in diesel mechanics and welding.

Bitting hopes to offer the new classes by the end of this year. Once the new training center is built, Coffee Correctional will have around 600 inmates in its reentry program.

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