March 21, 2022

Forrest County Sheriff implements new transition program for inmates

Therese Apel

Forrest County imates participate in a transition program that teaches them about food services

Forrest County Sheriff’s Department has implemented a free program that helps inmates transition back into the work force.

On Monday, Sheriff Charlie Sims announced the implementation of the IN2WORK (I2W) program at the Forrest County Correctional Facility. This program provides inmates an opportunity for a second chance through education and employment.

IN2WORK is an eight-week phased program from the Aramark Corporation designed to teach qualified applicants’ job-ready food service skills, while working in the kitchen facilities. Graduates of the eight week program receive a nationally recognized “Serve Safe” accreditation and certification upon completion of the course.

“These are the kinds of programs that we believe will help to break the cycle of recidivism. We are grateful to our partners at Aramark for providing this free service in our facilities.,” said Sheriff Sims.

On Monday, seven inmates officially started the class. The class is eight weeks long and is taught by Geraldine Cooper. When they are released, they can work for any Aramark organization or any food service company or restaurant.

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