- Associated Press - Friday, December 30, 2016

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A jail in eastern Kentucky will soon offer a new mentorship program to help young fathers.

Inmates at the Pike County Detention Center can meet with mentors once a week to learn life skills, beginning in February, WYMT-TV reported (https://bit.ly/2ilMXb9). The program is aimed toward men between the ages of 18 and 23 who are sentenced to at least three months in jail and have a child at home.

Pike County Jailer Freddie Lewis hopes the lessons the inmates learn - “how to be a father, how to write checks, how to go about getting a job” - will have a positive influence on lives of their children.

Faith Baptist Church of Myra Pastor Dave Hammond is one of six mentors who signed up for the program. He knows what it is like to reach rock bottom and wants to offer the inmates a message of hope, he said.

“At one time I had a drinking problem and I was a former basketball coach and teacher at Fleming-Neon High School and I was fired,” Hammond said. “Every setback can turn into a comeback.”



The jail will also be creating a female mentorship program in 2017, Lewis said.

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Information from: WYMT-TV, https://www.wymt.com/

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