Fri, 19 Jul 2013 23:06:50 GMT — Beyond the walls of the Dougherty County Jail is a new life for inmates who are released, a life that's not necessarily waiting with open arms. "First of all an inmate has to want it," said Major Sabrina Lewis, with the Dougherty County Jail. And by want it, Major Sabrina Lewis with the Dougherty County Jail means an education. "Education is always a good foundation whether your in jail or out of jail." Lewis says in order for an inmate to succeed in the real world, they'll need to have a GED, and that's why the Dougherty County Jail has partnered with Albany Technical College, which gives inmates a chance when others might not. Major Lewis says, "once they leave the jail they are continued to be connected with those resources." Resources that include all of the basics: reading, math, social studies, science, and language arts. "We believe that every member of society should contribute to the work force," said Wendy Howell with Albany Technical College. Wendy Howell, Public Relations Manager at Albany Technical College says in the past fiscal year term the school has helped 161 inmates. Howell says, "it's our hope that they will be able to get that chance and get an education and further their education and get a job." Having an education is something Major Lewis says no one can take away.
"When a person gets knocked down, and have doors slammed in their face, it's not for that person to give up."