Inmates get time off jail sentences for taking classes

Inmates get time off jail sentences for taking classes
The Dougherty County Jail has a Substance Abuse Program where they recently started a time off jail time incentive. (Source: WALB)
Inmates will get eight days off their jail time for every level of class they take. (Source: WALB)
Inmates will get eight days off their jail time for every level of class they take. (Source: WALB)
Apsire Behavior Health leads the Substance Abuse Class. (Source: WALB)
Apsire Behavior Health leads the Substance Abuse Class. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Inmates in the Dougherty County Jail could now get out of jail early, thanks to a new incentive provided by the jail's Substance Abuse Program.

Although the Substance Abuse Program has been around for years, the new incentive was added recently.

Inmates who go through three phases of classes at the jail will get eight days taken off their sentence, for each level.

Phases one and two are six-week classes, with the last phase lasting eight weeks.

All classes are led by Aspire Behavioral Health, to help with addictions.

"Usually the incentive is money. Well, I can't pay an inmate to go to a class. The only incentive I can offer is time. But time has value when you're inside these walls. So if I can take some time off that sentence, that's real value....that's a huge incentive and that gets them into that training," said John Ostrander, Chief Jailer at Dougherty County Jail.

The Dougherty County Jail studied why people consistently come back to jail, and substance abuse was one of their major findings.

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