COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio prisons agency is entering into a partnership through a northwest Ohio group to allow inmates who are fathers to earn a commercial driver’s license while behind bars.
The program is open to inmates who qualify for a societal re-entry program and take training through The RIDGE Project, a faith-based organization in Defiance that works with imprisoned fathers and their families.
The RIDGE Project is paying for the driving portion of the training with $4 million in federal grants.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction will provide four to six weeks of classroom training and Hubbard-based PI&I Motor Express will teach three weeks of driving.
The program will start soon and is expected to graduate five inmates a month from Richland and Pickaway correctional institutions.