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Two Flagler inmates find purpose — and a future — in Vinyl Graphics Application Program

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Shawn Crandall and Christopher Rodriguez recently finished the 120-hour program and are now trained to print and apply custom designed vinyl graphics onto vehicles.
by: Aviva Edrich Public Affairs Officer, Flagler County Sheriff's Office

In partnership with Flagler Technical College, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 7 recognized two graduates — Shawn Crandall and Christopher Rodriguez — of FCSO’s “Homeward Bound” program at the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. The program teaches practical job skills through training courses to help prepare inmates to become successful and productive residents upon release from the facility.

The latest course offered in the Homeward Bound program trained inmates to print and apply custom designed vinyl graphics onto vehicles. In fact, many of the marked patrol cars the community sees were completed by inmates in this 120-hour program.

Shawn Crandall, 32, is from North Carolina and has been at the inmate facility since July 17, 2021. Upon his release, he had a job waiting for him because of this training program, at Step Up Design in St. Cloud, Florida. Step Up Design learned about the Homeward Bound program through a technician that repairs FCSO graphics equipment and through the media when the FCSO launched the program. 

Christopher Rodriguez, 42, is from New York and has a passion for design and art. He joined the Homeward Bound program after disclosing his extensive background with cars and graphics to detention deputies. He will continue to work in the shop until the completion of his sentence.

“Our goal is to help inmates leave our facility more prepared for success than when they entered," Sheriff Rick Staly said.  

Homeward Bound also builds on the STRIDE program Staly implemented in the jail in 2017.

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