FARMINGTON -- Davis County Jail inmates will continue to have some time behind bars set aside to prepare them for life back in society.
For several years, Davis County has offered classes that provide different kinds of preparation for inmates. Those courses include primary education, life skills, religious services and substance abuse programs.
New Directions, a class in the life skills category, has proven to be popular among both the inmates and county employees at the jail.
"It's one of the things we use as tools," said Chief Deputy Kevin Fielding. "It helps us give them something productive to do."
On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission approved a payment of $10,750 to Chris Convery, who teaches a series of New Directions classes to inmates.
Convery's contract with the county in the past called for him to teach up to 10 classes per year.
During a brief conversation about the payment, which will cover a year's worth of classes by Convery, the commissioners listed several benefits inmates receive by participating in New Directions.
"They learn how to write resumes and all kinds of skills for job placement," said Commissioner Bret Millburn.
"When you usher them out the door, you want to have prepared them," said Commissioner Louenda Downs.
Fielding said the classes are worthwhile; however, he could not determine how effective the classes are for the inmates.
"We haven't tracked it, but it's learning and knowledge, so it has to have some impact on them."