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Dane County Jail selected as pilot site for Family Connections Project

MADISON (WKOW) — The Dane County Jail has been selected as a pilot site for a project designed to help parents who are incarcerated keep in contact with their families, according to the sheriff’s office.

Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney announced Thursday that the jail has been selected as one of five pilot sites for National Institute of Corrections, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Family Connections in Correctional Facilities Project.

The sheriff’s office says the jail will get targeted training and technical assistance from a team of subject matter experts at the National Institute of Justice, the Urban Institute, Community Works West and others.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to obtain this training and expertise here at the Dane County Jail. Moving forward, this is the type of programming we want to provide our inmates, in and effort to give them more tools upon their release. Family connections are a crucial part in anyone’s life, and we want to foster those connections,” said Sheriff Mahoney in a news release Thursday.

The project is expected to begin in early 2019.

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