Date: October 11, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager
SCJ Offers Ample Classroom Space for Numerous Educational Programs

One of the special features of the new South County Jail in Frostproof is ample classroom space for educational programs. This class space is being put to full use, with educational and rehabilitative programs being offered almost every evening to inmates.

Adult inmates can take advantage of numerous educational and rehabilitative classes.  Educational classes are offered to help inmates prepare to take the GED (General Education Diploma) test.  Polk County School Board instructors hold the GED preparation classes.  The classes are geared toward preparing the inmates to take the GED test.  Inmates incarcerated for "non-violent" crimes are offered the opportunity to participate in the evening classes. Upon joining a GED class, inmates are given a pre-test to determine what level they are at.  Lessons are then individualized for each inmate with the goal of passing the GED test and receiving the diploma. All subject areas are covered: Math, English, Science and Social Studies. Upon their release or transfer, inmates are supplied with information about where and when they can take the GED test or additional adult classes.

Approximately 25 juveniles being tried as adults and being held at the South County Jail receive full class instruction every work day. The classroom is completely equipped with computer labs set up for individual learning. Under the direction of Polk County School Board instructors, each juvenile inmate is tested to determine what grade level they are at, and an individualized learning plan is developed on the computer.

Numerous rehabilitative programs - such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and group therapy programs conducted by mental health experts - also are offered to inmates.

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