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Sheriff's Office creating program to help those exiting jail find services, employment

Everybody needs help sometimes.

Recognizing that many serving time for small infractions at the Floyd County Jail are in need of assistance, the Sheriff’s Office is beginning what they’re terming at the FREED program.

The purpose of the Floyd Re-Entry, Education and Discharge program, hence FREED, is to not only make sure that underserved populations are aware of community services. It’s to also teach them how to cope with the issues that may have brought them to the jail, Jenn Cronan the manager of offender services in the program said.

The program kicks off Monday, and Cronan said she’s excited to see it not only begin but start growing.

“This program is the first step of my plan to reduce the recidivism rate in our county,” Sheriff Dave Roberson said. “We want to see long term success with FREED. We will move slowly through the process initially to ensure that we are providing a quality service instead of just a quick fix.”

Click here to read the Feb. 5 Rome News-Tribune article.

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