[VIDEO] Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Offers Inmates A Fresh Start With New Job-Training Program
After 100 Days In Office, Mayor Bottoms Is Executing Her Vision
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms partnered with the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Georgia Department of Corrections to launch the PAT Program to help ex-inmates transition back into society with the necessary resources.
The PAT Program, which stands for Preparing Adult Offenders to Transition through Training and Therapy, will provide job training and employment opportunities through the City of Atlanta, according to a press release from Bottoms office.
Mayor Bottoms says that her fight to help those incarcerated stems from growing up with a father who dealt with addiction.
"And the struggles that my dad had and his imprisonment and the impact it had on my and my brothers and sisters, and also on our family as a whole for our family as I shared throughout the course of the campaign, it really was the death of our family," reported CBS46.
While inmates are still incarcerated, the program will provide trainees with monetary benefits to help pay rent and child support. Once released, inmates will have the opportunity to become employees with the Department of Watershed Management.
To be apart of the PAT program inmates must be scheduled for release within the next 12-18 months and incarcerated for non-violent crimes.
“These men have an opportunity not just for a job,” says Bottoms “but this is a career pathway.”
According to CBS46, the program has already graduated 8 men since it’s conception.