‘Keys to Success’ preparing offenders before leaving criminal justice system

'Keys to Success' aiming to help ex-offenders get back on their feet

In Craven County, a joint effort between the Sheriff’s Office and the Craven-Pamlico Re-Entry Council aims to help ex-offenders get re-acclimated to life outside of prison.

It’s a win for each agency and those inside the criminal justice system.  

For the past three years, both sides have worked to end the recidivism rate in the county. 

Monday night marks the inaugural ‘Keys to Success’ class inside the Craven County Jail.

Primarily focusing on the female population.

Aiming to prepare offenders before exiting jail.

So, when they get out, they will know how to find employment and outside resources.

9 On Your Side spoke with Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes about the program and why it’s needed to help ex-offenders.

“The skills they need, give them the tools they need, so when they get out, they can move towards being a productive member of society, being a part of the solution, as opposed to being part of the problem,” said Hughes.

Back in November of 2018, WNCT you about the ‘Keys to Freedom’ class taught inside the Craven Correctional Institution and the program is a success increasing the number of ex-offenders who were able to find employment once they got outside of prison. 

But, this time, the ‘Keys to Success’ class is targeting the jails with the same principals.

9 On Your Side spoke with the instructor of the class, Greg Singleton.

The first class is set to work with the female population, then switch to the male population.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday participants will learn the tools to help them succeed once they get outside of the jail system.


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