Inmates complete Second Chance Recovery Program

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Ashley Oliver is emotional after getting a chance to see her child for the first time in more than a year.

She completed Second Chance Recovery Program at East Baton Rouge Parish prison, where she is incarcerated. The six-week program was put on by Southern University, and aims to teach women basic things they'll need when they get out.

"I recommend that women in this facility to take, because it teaches you about behavior modification, life skills, and above all great parenting skills," said Oliver.

Eight women finished the course Tuesday.

"It's bittersweet, because it's wonderful to have this blessing but it's sad to see them go," she continued.

Tuesday was the second time Oliver has seen her one year old daughter. She was born just before Oliver was sentenced 13 months ago. Warden Dennis Grimes started the program five years ago. He says he wanted to do more for his inmates.

"I wanted to see people that get out of jail and stay out and become protective citizens and the only way that is going to happen, is somebody has to take the initiative to get them training," said Grimes

The ladies had a chance to spend time with their families. They enjoyed the day painting faces, eating ice cream, and participating in a potato sack race. It's time these, Oliver says can't be taken for granted.

"Take advantage of your loved ones and your children while you can, because you never know what could happen," said Oliver.

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