A new tool was launched this week at the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office to assist recently incarcerated residents who are re-entering society.
The North Carolina-based Rise4Me program was made available to inmates at the county’s detention center on April 29.
The program provides information on community aid and assistance to ex-inmates including: alcohol and drug treatment centers, clothing distributors, educational assistance, employment/vocational opportunities, family services, transportation services and other resources. All of the information can be on the rise4me.com website.
The county already offers many of the resources but Rise4Me is designed to make all of the information easy-to-find in one place online.
Sheriff L.C. Knight told News 2 that the program does not cost taxpayers any additional money.
He hopes it will reduce recidivism.
“I hope it breaks the cycle so that we don’t have repeat offenders,” said Sheriff Knight. “I hope it gives them some relief when they get out, they can get involved in something and we don’t have to deal with them and they don’t have to deal with us again.”
The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency in South Carolina to offer the Rise4Me program.