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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/18/18) — Hopkins County Economic Development Corp. was recently awarded a $93,200 grant from the USDA that will be used toward construction to house additional homeless animals at the local Humane Society.

Hopkins County Jail inmates will also receive the opportunity to become certified in welding, masonry, general construction and basic electrical skills through completion of training involving projects at the shelter and jail facility.

Hopkins Fiscal Court accepted a request from Jailer Mike Lewis at a meeting held Tuesday to add masonry to its current jail worker program. About a dozen housing units for animals would be constructed outside of the animal shelter, situated next to the jail off Laffoon Trail, that would include roofs and concrete floors.

The EDC wrote the grant to extend the program, Lewis said.

EDC President Ray Hagerman said in order to continue economic development growth, labor or trades must be increased in the area. By training inmates, it would also allow them an opportunity for a career after their release as well as a better life.

The program, “KY-InSINC,” or Kentucky Inmates Need Skills in New Careers, is designed to decrease recidivism by training 50 or more inmates to fill necessary jobs, Hagerman said. Hopkins County Jail and the EDC’s goal is to work toward obtaining a mobile shop.

After completing the training, certified workers would also receive video resumes that demonstrate their skills while on the job. The four-part program includes about a year of training.

“We are working with employers now to gain commitments to conditionally hire the former inmates once they are released,” Hagerman said.

Judge-Executive Donnie Carroll noted the Humane Society and jail facility will have projects completed at no cost to the local taxpayers, adding, “It’s a win for the inmates and the community.”

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