New project hopes to help female inmates with life after jail

New project hopes to help female inmates with life after jail

DAVIESS CO., KY (WFIE) - The Daviess County Detention Center just started a new way to help women inmates, “Beyond Bars: Project Hope.”

This new program focuses on building stronger families for women here at the jail in order to help them become better mothers once they get out of custody. In just its second week, “Beyond Bars: Project Hope” is serving 18 incarcerated mothers.

Jailer Art Maglinger said Linda Wahl with the Green River Health department approached him about the service for women and Maglinger agreed.

“Most of the community problems that we have could be solved at the family level if families are stronger, then we’d have a stronger community as well,” explains Maglinger.

The 10 week course works on parenting skills, coping strategies, and organization skills for those mothers to use once released. Maglinger says he hopes programs like this will help break the cycle.

“So often times it’s generational where a family gets involved in crime and then it gets passed down to the next generation,” Maglinger says.

Maglinger tells us he is hopeful that this program will stick around.

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