June 11, 2012
Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown (far right) has announced the implementation of the Offender Responsibility Program for inmates of the Newton County Detention Center. The program emphasizes personal responsibility and consequences for actions that ultimately affect them, their family and society. "The classes attempt to educate them in hopes that once released, the information will be retained, their quality of life will improve and recidivism will decrease," Brown stated in a printed release. Recently 17 female and 25 male inmates graduated from an anger management program made possible by funds from the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. There was an official ceremony marking the graduation from the class which included wearing gowns as the inmates walked across a stage and accepted their certificates. "The added touch of the graduation gowns served to put much deserved smiles on their faces," Brown said. "Some inmates revealed that this was the first time they had graduated from anything. Many inmates have expressed their gratitude for the program and stated they now have their toolbox filled with the skills to be successful upon their return to the community." Pictured with the inmates is the class instructor, Melisa TIce. - Special photos
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Forty-two Newton Dention Center Inmates graduate from anger management class.