The race for Peoria County Sheriff continues, and social advocates urge the next sheriff to help inmates turn over a new leaf.
With elections tomorrow, social activists groups want the next sheriff to build upon reform programs.
The NAACP believes the winning candidate should continue programs for mental health.
The group says the people that completed those programs were able to get their GED and begin working again.
The programs are also geared to help inmates fight during drug addiction and other issues.
“The programming that we must continually and consistently have, that can bring about a message of hope to men and women who are incarcerated, that their condition doesn’t have to be their conclusion,” says Angel Cruz, Community Resource Project Manager for Don’t Shoot.
Social activists say at least 150 men and women are living testaments to some of these programs.