Currently at the Floyd County Jail, four inmates are working on their behaviors and creating a better life for themselves once they’re released.
These inmates are part of the jail’s FREED program, or Floyd Re-Entry Education and Discharge. Offender Unit Manager Jen Cronan heads up the program and works with each offender to make sure they’re prepared for success upon release. This includes help finding housing and making sure they have insurance.
In addition, there are two other major steps to FREED — restorative justice and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Samantha Watkins is the first graduate of Floyd County Jail’s FREED program. Her advice to the other four FREED participants and future participants is: “Always be optimistic and strive harder. You will fall but getting back up is the strength in us.”
Click here to read more in the Sept. 17 issue of the Rome News-Tribune.