Initiatives and Projects Chair – Rachel Wheat
Thousands of inmates are released each year without access to, or knowledge of, the support networks to help them transition back into society. Inmates are sometimes released from jail with nothing but the clothes on their back. The Southern Kentucky Reentry Council has created some initiatives to help this population after they are released. Our council put together programs to help the inmates that have nothing after they are released.
One of the initiatives we currently have in place is our backpack program. Our backpacks include over 10 toiletries items such as razors, shaving cream, hygiene products, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, all donated items.
The Southern Kentucky Reentry Council current initiatives:
- Free Toiletries Backpack Program (over 10 items) for inmates exiting jail
- Sponsor Pre-Release Classes at county jails
- Sponsor Moral Recognition Therapy Classes/Books
- Sponsor Parenting Classes/Books
- Sponsor Anger Management Classes/Books
- Purchase reading glasses for all South Central Kentucky regional jails
- Sponsor Expungement Sessions in all South Central Kentucky counties
- Sponsor the NEW Work Release Jobs Program In Warren County Jail
- Purchase IDs & Birth Certificates for inmates prior to release date
- ASK about our EMT Training Scholarship Program through KCTCS – Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
- Voucher for Clothes (Coming Soon)
- Transportation Passes (Coming Soon)
Our Press Releases
Rachel Wheat Talks up the Freedom Through Recovery Rally
Jail announces work program to prevent recidivism
Click the link to see the new Warren County Jobs Program – Warren County New Jobs Program
WNKY News – Council is planning new ways to help reduce recidivism
Click the link to watch us in action – https://www.wnky.com/council-is-planning-new-ways-to-help-reduce-recidivism/
The Pain We Cause: By Morgan Hornsby and Gabriel Scarlett
Click the link to view an emotional story on Amy McKeown who is a Kentucky inmate who has struggled with addiction her whole life. Now, she prepares to leave jail and rejoin her mother and son on the outside. – https://vimeo.com/307526005