Inmates receiving life lessons while locked up

VIDEO: Inmates receiving life lessons while locked up

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Several inmates at the Al Cannon detention center recently completed an outreach program offered at the jail.

Lowcountry Rise is a not-for-profit program that provides training and mentorship inside and outside of the jail.

Lashea McBride-Birds and Shavonne Martinez both left their careers in corrections to started this program because they found many of the others lacking.

According to the South Carolina Department of Corrections, 25 percent of inmates who leave jail come back in three years or less. McBride-Birds says they would ask the inmates what more could be done to keep them from returning to jail.

"They would constantly tell us the same thing...I didn't have a job, I didn't have transportation to get to a job, my family didn't want me back. I lost everything when I was incarcerated," McBride-Birds said.

Inside the jail, the program focuses on showing the men how to make better choices, and how to be better fathers for their children.

Once they get out of jail, Lowcountry Rise continues to offer help with jobs, transportation, and mentorship.

Last Thursday, Raising Cane's restaurants on Rivers and Dorchester roads helped the organization raise money by donating 15 percent of meal sales to customers who mentioned the program.

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