50K awarded to break cycle of arrest
The Grundy County Sheriff’s office has received notification of a $50,000 grant award from Tennessee Institute of Public Health. Sheriff Clint Shrum explained this was a joint effort between the Sheriff’s Office and the VISTACorp program from the University of the South.
The “Correctional Career Pathways: Journey to Hope” model program was established at the Workhouse in Greene County, Tennessee, in 2015, and has gained state and national acclaim for innovation and sustainability. The CCP program is led by a local multi-sector leadership team to give criminal offenders the opportunity to break the cycle of arrest and incarceration and transition successfully into the workforce.
The program offers classes, job placement, counseling, and transportation to qualified inmates. After instruction in life skills and special training, trustee inmates join the local workforce. A percentage of earnings is set aside to pay court-ordered costs, fees and restitution, while the remainder is placed in individual accounts for participating trustee inmates.
“This is a great opportunity for our county and those who are diligently trying to get their lives back on track,” stated Sheriff Shrum.