Metro Atlanta Reentry Coalition Meeting

It was our pleasure to host the quarterly Metro Atlanta Reentry Coalition meeting here at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on June 18th 2019. This coalition aims to provide the guidance and support required for someone reentering society so they can become a positive member of society and avoids recidivism. The Metro counties meet quarterly and network with each other regarding services and resources that could help our reentry participants.

Sheriff Tim Pounds opened up the meeting with a welcome and introduction of everyone attending the meeting. Winston Smith Jr., a certified life coach, volunteers every week to coach our male reentry participants spoke about his involvement in the reentry program.

West GA Technical College Discusses Continuing Education with Inmates

On April 18th Ms. Lenora McKeown, an admissions counselor from West GA Technical College, visited the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s Re-entry Program. Her visit was to encourage participants that are interested in attending West GA Tech to continue their education and advise them of certifications that are offered in a number of skills that are in-demand. She noted that Douglasville’s industrial businesses are growing. These companies are looking for skilled employees and are background-friendly. She also spoke about other programs that are open to our participants and where the programs are located.

West GA Tech has a FREE GED program, student counseling resources and a number of other free programs and classes. Ms. McKeown discussed financial aid stipulations and rules with the group. She also explained what the GA Hope Grant pays for. Ms. McKeown is scheduled to visit twice a month to inform as many re-entry participants as she can about the opportunities at West GA Technical College.