The Hopkins County Jail was recently awarded a grant, which only two other counties in Kentucky have. Officials say the whole community not just inmates will see the benefits.
The hefty grant awarded to the jail is aimed at keeping recently released offenders in the community, from returning right back to the jail itself.
A joint collaboration between the Hopkins County Judge Executive Jailor, Joe Blue, and Dr. Sabrina Grubbs has resulted in a $600,000 grant over two years. The grant targets inmates who are about to be released into the community.
"Employment counseling, substance abused treatment, when they get out there mental health treatment, psychiatric services, case management. You actually put all kind of supports around them to help them be successful when they leave an institution," Grubbs says.
According to National Jail Statistics, four in ten offenders will return to jail within three years of leaving.
"I can actually speak as someone that has been in jail before that has come out and had a second chance at life. So I know exactly the benefits that can come from someone that is coming from a place in their life where everything is complete chaos and having people look at you like they actually believe in you," says Bonnie Young, a case manager at Pennyroyal Mental Health Center.
Blue says it takes over $1.4 million to house just one hundred people in the Hopkins County Jail for one year.
"All these people we're dealing with are the people we went to school with, we live beside, we're friends, family, related. So we're trying to give back to Hopkins County and the ones that this helps are the ones that will reside in Hopkins County upon release," Blue says.
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