ICIO inmates get “real-life” financial training

Four photos showing inmates taking part in training
By Lt Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

“That’s Life”— it’s about teaching inmates how to deal with real-life financial situations. 

Representatives from the University of Idaho, Lewis & Clark State College, and Washington State University recently came to ICIO to help facilitate this program with the ICIO education staff. 

Inmates were given random packets, which held the parameters of a financial life situation they were to work with that day. 

The packets had descriptions, such as occupation, family size, and monthly gross income.

From there, inmates went to 20 different stations located throughout the school and worked with the volunteers on how to budget their income; covering necessary financial requirements. 

The inmates were required to visit most every table. 

The 20 stations included:  child care, credit card, grocery, insurance, housing, parole, utilities, entertainment, Uncle Sam, and more. 

Approximately 160 inmates took part, split between two sessions.

Photos by Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

Story published: 04/21/2019
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