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Detention facility recognized for inmate rehabilitation programs

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The FCSO won an award for the jail during the Southern Region Corrections Conference in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Flagler County jail has received national recognition for its inmate rehabilitation and skill-building programs.

The facility, run by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, was awarded the National Institute for Jail Operations’ 2022 Innovation Award on Aug. 18, during the JAILCON22 Southern Region Corrections Conference in Huntsville, Alabama, according to a news release from the FCSO.

“The goal is to treat and prevent repeat actions which could cause them to be arrested and lose their freedom or even their life,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “It’s about giving the inmates every opportunity to succeed once they are released from the county jail so they can be productive citizens in the community instead of a negative.”

One of the programs, the Homeward Bound Initiative, offers two certificate courses — Vinyl Graphics Application and HVAC Pre-Apprenticeship — for inmates, in partnership with Flagler Technical College. It will soon also offer a course in program in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management.

Another program — the Successful Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Treatment (SMART) Program — is provided in collaboration with EPIC Behavioral Healthcare and funded by a grant from the Department of Justice.

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