By: Max Darrow KGUN9 On your side
Posted: 10:25 PM, Aug 14, 2017
Updated: 10:38 AM, Aug 15, 2017
BUCKEYE, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Prisoners at three state prisons are getting a chance to find a career from behind bars so that they're employed once they are released from incarceration. Gov. Doug Ducey officially unveiled the new program at the Lewis Prison Complex, in an effort to reduce recidivism.
"It's about taking our next step to fulfill our mission of making corrections truly become corrections," he said.
The program put on by the Department of Corrections and Department of Economic Security currently exists at the Perryville, Tucson, and Lewis complexes. It's an eight-week program that's designed to teach inmates about professional skills -- such as creating a resume and how to interview -- to hands-on job training so they are prepared to work the day they're hired.
Gov. Ducey believes this will help inmates better transition from life behind bars to the outside world, therefore making communities safer and reducing recidivism.
"We'd rather provide an opportunity for them," Ducey said. "They've paid their debt to society, they've served their time, and often times they re-offend because they don't have any opportunity in front of them."
One of the inmates currently enrolled in the program is Plez Taylor, 26. He's on his last legs of a seven year prison sentence for assault. He's set to be released in September, and with the help of this program, he'll likely be employed once he walks out.
"It gives me a better chance not to violate or not to mess up, to come back," he said. "If I've got my head on doing the right thing, then I can't do the wrong thing."