The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and Williamson College (WC) are partnering to create THE PROMISE, a program that will prepare inmates for meaningful employment once they are released from prison. Incarcerated individuals impact the whole community. In Tennessee, 1 in every 38 adults are in the prison system (probation, prison, or parole) with the cost to state tax payers of $23,662 per prisoner/year (Justice Fellowship). The Williamson County jail houses approximately 450 inmates. Hebrews 13:3 says, “Remember the prisoners, as though you were in prison with them” and from Jesus, “I was in prison and you visited me” (Matt 25:36).
THE PROMISE will prepare inmates with knowledge and skills to improve their future employment or entrepreneurial opportunities and reduce the recidivism rate. Through quality instruction, WC promises to provide a solid education. In return, the students will make a promise of commitment and loyalty, to their communities, to their employers and to themselves.
For more information about THE PROMISE, please contact Ed Smith.