Local program helps former inmates stay out of trouble

With his kind face and an optimistic attitude, you’d never guess Derrick Ashby spent more than a decade of his life in prison.

"After I gave my life to Christ, I think that’s where my biggest change came from," says Ashby.

Ashby says he owes a lot of his success to a local store, Joseph’s Storage Bin, and the people who shop there.

Harrell Riley with H.R. Ministries says a portion of the money you spend at the Princeton, Kentucky, store helps buy educational materials for inmates who want a better life.

"To help them learn how to be a father, how to be a man and to have a plan to come back home and do what they need to do," says Riley.

The program is called Malachi Dads, and it continues even after incarceration, helping former inmates grow their resumes, support their families and fend for themselves. The Bureau of Justice Statistics says more than two-thirds of prisoners released in 2005 were back in handcuffs within three years of getting out. This program is making sure these men don’t end up back there, keeping your community safe.

"When a lot of men and women are released from prison, one of the biggest things that they have to deal with is that readjustment," says Ashby.

Ashby is proof that this program is working. He was released from prison eight years ago, and Harrell was his mentor. Now, the tables have turned, and Ashby is helping other men make the difficult transition.

You can help H.R. Ministries keep your community safe by donating old clothes and items to Joseph’s Storage Bin in Princeton, Kentucky. Click here for details.

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