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Horry Co. program helps inmates transition into community

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With this program, inmates serving time in a facility will be able to transfer into a reentry program before stepping back into the community. With this program, inmates serving time in a facility will be able to transfer into a reentry program before stepping back into the community.

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A brand new program is being developed to help inmates transition back into the community. The Horry County Sheriff's Office is working with the South Carolina Department of Corrections on a pilot program that will save tax dollars, and keep you safe.

With this program, inmates serving time in a facility will be able to transfer into a reentry program before stepping back into the community. Officers who work in the program say once inmates are released back into Horry County, it's a crucial time period they're trying to focus on.

"They're pretty much starting over again," said Gereth Beshears, who runs the current jail diversion program. "So they're essentially trying to get their life back together. And we provide that transition."

By being involved with this program, inmates will be released from their sentence two to three years earlier. The Horry County Sheriff's Office says cutting down the jail time will really save tax dollars, as it costs up to $50 a day to keep an inmate in a jail cell. Reducing a sentence by a couple of years can save thousands, as it costs a whopping $38,000 every 3 years to hold an inmate.

The reentry program will also be safer for residents, as it will help develop inmates to be productive citizens, before they step back out into the community. Officers say this is important, especially since they will eventually return to society anyway.

"Do we want them to continue to be a burden to society?," questioned Eddie Hill with the Horry County Sheriff's Office. "A burden to the tax payer? Do we want to continue to pay $50 a day? Do we want to continue to build bigger prison to house people? Or do we want to help them to be productive citizens and get them back with their families."

This pilot program will only be an option for all non-violent inmates who have responded well in jail.

It could be a year before the program actually kicks off in Horry County, but WMBF News will make sure to keep you updated.

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