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New SC program to help former prisoners stay out of jail

May 11, 2019

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A program to prevent former inmates from returning to prison has launched in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

WCIV-TV reports Project Evolution Inc. kicked off Friday. The program helps teach former inmates basic technology and job skills, and also helps them build resumes and train for job interviews.

The program begin in 2015 in Washington, D.C. Founder Barbara Magwood says she’s helped about 200 former inmates readjust to life without bars and to stay out of jail.

South Carolina Department of Corrections data from 2015 shows 22.3% of inmates return to jail within three years. Magwood says through encouragement, the program is able to show ex-inmates that there’s hope after prison.

Elder Walter Jackson, pastor of Greater Refuge Temple in Charleston, says his church is providing program volunteers to facilitate skills training.

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Information from: WCIV-TV, http://www.abcnews4.com