Washoe opens new vocational center for jail inmates

August 4, 2009

Reno Gazette-Journal

Staff Report

The new Washoe County Jail vocational center will provide inmates with training to help them secure employment once they are released, Deputy Brooke Keast said.

It is built on the same site as the 14-year-old self-supporting Washoe County Detention Facility Industries, a jail program that produces printing, plastic bag manufacturing and packing services.

Officials hope the new facility will reduce recidivism.

“This expanded industry program will help to teach inmates more marketable job skills and work ethics, increasing viability in the local job market once they are released,” Sheriff Mike Haley said in a news release. “We expect to save in the long run with less repeat offenders coming through our facility.”