||Lieutenant Jamie Russell|
||GED Program for Incarcerated Inmates|
||Lincoln County Jail|
Sheriff Dotson is pleased to announce that through a Federal Workforce Investment Act grant received by Oregon Coast Community College, incarcerated inmates are able to work towards, and in some cases receive their GED while serving time in jail.
From January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009 13 inmates successfully received their GED while incarcerated in the Lincoln County Jail. Because the average length of stay is less than two weeks, a wide number of inmates are not incarcerated long enough to make it through all the studies and testing required for this process. Oregon Coast Community College offers follow-up services for these individuals, which allows them to take the remaining sections and final tests when they are released from custody.
“The GED program is but one of many programs provided to inmates. Other programs include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Prison Fellowship and other religious services,” stated Sheriff Dotson. The Sheriff’s Office employs a full-time alcohol and drug counselor who provides A&D counseling to inmates in addition to some limited mental health services.