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Connections: How counselors are helping inmates transition back into the community

A local woman recently told WXXI News that jail saved her life. She participated in a program through the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office where counselors help inmates struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, who would benefit from vocational training, and more. Counselors say the program is particularly important for unsentenced women.

We hear from the woman who said the program saved her life. She is joined by her counselors to discuss the program’s impact. This conversation is based on reporting from WXXI’s Brett Dahlberg. In studio:

  • Brett Dahlberg, WXXI health reporter and producer
  • Sam Luzius, Rochester resident who benefited from the counseling programs at the Monroe County Correctional Facility
  • Tisha Smith, director of inmate drug and alcohol treatment programs in the Jail Bureau at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office
  • Frankie Sampson, drug and alcohol counselor in the Jail Bureau at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office

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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.

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