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A demanding program of vocational training and instruction in life and communication skills

The LifeTech Institute located in Thomasville, Alabama is an innovative new parolee transition program operated in partnership with Governor Robert Bentley, the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles and Alabama Southern Community College. The program trains parolees for successful reentry into the world of work and helps reduce Alabama prison overcrowding. 

The LifeTech Institute teaches life skills and technical skills to help parolees make the transition from prison to society. Alabama Southern provides the educational component of the program as well as statewide job placement services in coordination with business and industry. Housing and other components of the parole transition center are provided by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. 

This partnership is designed to reduce prison overcrowding by preparing deserving individuals for job success and life success, thereby also reducing the likelihood that they will return. 

The LifeTech Institute consists of two buildings with approximately 25,590 gross square feet. The Administrative/Classroom building contains administrative offices, faculty offices, classrooms, and computer labs.  The Technical Building houses training labs for teaching Welding, Building Construction – Carpentry, Building Construction – Painting and Drywall,  Building Construction – Masonry, Small Engine Repair, Horticulture, and Industrial Maintenance.  

Students are in the LifeTech educational program for a total of 18 weeks. During that time they undergo intense technical training to prepare each parolee for the workforce. Adult education and basic skills programs are also taught since the majority of the parolees do not have a high school diploma. This skillset combination ensures the graduates have the best chance of successful reentry into society.




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