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Posted on: July 30, 2020

MAYOR GARY FULLER AND COUNCIL PRESIDENT EDDIE SMITH THANK PARTNERS FOR MAKING YOUTH INCARCERATION PR

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Mayor Gary Fuller and City Council President Eddie Smith hosted an informational session today to discuss the city’s new Youth Incarceration Prevention Project (YIPP) pilot program. This project is a result of the Opelika Commission on Crime and Violence created in 2018 by Mayor Gary Fuller.

“The goal of our program is to reduce recidivism among young offenders and to ensure than 200 or more Opelika and Lee County offenders successfully complete the YIPP program each year. Our youth deserve a second chance. Through behavioral health, education and job skills training/placement, this program is going to teach them how be successful in life,” said Mayor Gary Fuller.

The city recently received a $28,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to fund the YIPP pilot program, which is an initiative that will stem the growing tide of youth, predominantly low income and minority, from either going to or returning to prison.

Mayor Fuller and Smith extend their sincere thanks to the many partners for making a commitment to see this project come to fruition.

  • Opelika City Council
  • Jeremy Gray, State Representative, Alabama State House of Representatives
  • Opelika Municipal Court and Probation
  • Lee County Youth Court
  • Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles
  • Robert Pritchett, Chief of Adult Paroles, Lee County
  • Southern Union Community College
  • Church of the Highlands
  • First Baptist Church Opelika
  • Lee County Youth Development Center,
  • Skip and Andria Long, YIPP Pilot Program Manager
  • Richard Seely, YIPP Director of Planning, Program Evaluation and Reporting (attending virtually)

For more information, please contact Opelika City Council President Eddie Smith at esmith@auburnbank.com.

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