Inmates at the Montezuma County jail now have more access to education.
The sheriff's office recently was awarded a three-year $128,00 Justice Assistance Grant to provide classes and-to-face instruction, in an effort to get them back on track.
The funds pay for teachers, supplies and computer technology. On weekends, prisoners can sign up for free classes on life skills and continuing education.
"Studies show access to education in detention centers reduces recidivism by breaking the cycle of repeat offenses," says Wanda Martin, supervisor for the sheriff.
Inmates can learn life skills, such as finding and keeping a job, personal financing, and good health. Teachers assist with obtaining a GED and provide information on vocational training opportunities.
A three-year $59,000 supplemental grant is being sought as well to provide more classes that will broadcast over the television in the jail's common areas during the week.