City and Municipal Court Launch Albany Works! Project
The City of Albany in partnership with Municipal Court has launched the Albany Works! pilot program. This initiative is designed to provide alternative sentencing for offenders with misdemeanor charges and reduce recidivism of citizens appearing in Municipal Court. The program provides access to resources from local non-profit organizations and educational institutions focusing on employment, job readiness and health services. In addition, participants will actively engage in developing an individual life action plan.
City Commissioners were provided with the outline of the Albany Works! program in a work session in October 2017. Municipal Court has identified the first 25 individuals eligible to participate in the program. Individuals must reside in the Southwest Georgia Region and be referred through Municipal Court to participate.
Dr. Dwight Baker, City of Albany Director of Human Resource stated, “Our goal is to improve their quality of life through education and workforce readiness. We are extremely grateful to our community partners; we could not do the work that has begun nor enact the change we strive to create without their ever-present assistance.”
Volunteers are needed to serve as Accountability Coaches for individuals who are participating in the program. The key responsibility of a coach is to serve as a base of support and encouragement for the participant as they execute their life action plan. The projected time commitment for a coach during the pilot program is an average of 5-6 hours per month.
To learn more about the program and how to volunteer as an Accountability Coach, please contact Ms. Ashley Jacobs at 229.431.2819.