Under the Dome

McCrory wants study of ways to prepare NC inmates for workplace

Gov. Pat McCrory told a panel of education officials Tuesday that his administration plans a “full examination” of what’s being done to prepare county and state prisoners for the workplace when they are released.

McCrory told the N.C. Education Cabinet at its meeting in Raleigh that the state isn’t doing enough to ensure prisoners can succeed after release. “It’s costing us a lot of money by not doing anything, and that’s what we’ve got to do an assessment of,” he told reporters after the meeting.

The Education Cabinet discussed ways to try to accomplish its goal of 67 percent of the adult working population having some training or education beyond high school by 2025. McCrory suggested prison education programs as one way.

“That could then, in turn, help us get a qualified workforce and give people a second chance,” he said.

McCrory said he would seek input from state corrections officials and county sheriffs about the types of educational opportunities that can be provided to prisoners.

“The impetus is we have a serious issue of people not being prepared for the workplace when they leave prison,” McCrory said. “I’m going to do a full examination of what’s being done and what needs to be improved.”