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New program to help convicts could be in the works

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Local leaders could soon be considering a program to help get convicts integrated into society more easily.

The THRIVE program is an initiative leaders looked at on Tuesday.

Right now, it’s being used in both Maryland and Washington, D.C.

The goal is to give convicts a second chance and to help them become productive members of society.

“Our philosophy is to train them and give them opportunities so that they can be law abiding citizens,” said Michael Ronworthy, Executive Director/Founder of the THRIVE program.

Ronworthy said his program is successful for those who want to help themselves.

“If you have an individual who really wants to change and wants to make a difference… you’ll have a better success rate,” Ronworthy said.  “Our concept is to have a community collaboration. We need the educational community to come together to assist with the training component.”

Small business owners are needed, because the program calls for partnerships so that those who go through the program can get jobs.

Florence City Councilman Ed Robinson said this is something he plans to bring before council to see if funding is available.

“There is a lack in commitment for the young people. That commitment is not there to uplift those on the bottom to bring them up so that they can be more competitive,” Florence City Councilman Ed Robinson said.

At this point, it’s not clear when this initiative will be taken before council.

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