Jail officials teaching inmates to drive

Published 3:58 pm Friday, April 28, 2023

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Piedmont Regional Jail

Pictured with female offenders participating in the class are, from left, Superintendent Jerry Townsend, Eric Paul, Officer J. Copeland, Major Lanay Walker, Sergeant Debbie Robinson and Bridgett Tisdale.

Piedmont Regional Jail (PRJ) provides those offenders without a valid driver’s license an opportunity to better prepare themselves for return to his/her community. The driver’s education classes are being facilitated by Eric Paul of Transition Solutions Enterprise located in Blackstone.

Paul began classes on March 3 for both male and female offenders. Paul is a Certified Driver’s Education Instructor and offers the classes two days per month for each group. The classes serve to educate offenders with revoked, suspended or expired driver’s licenses and make it easier for them to become licensed once they return to their communities. Possessing a valid driver’s license will assist the offender in seeking and maintaining employment. This is one of several re-entry initiatives that will better prepare the offenders for success upon their release.