COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Fighting for a second chance at life. A Franklin County program is giving offenders looking for a fresh start a real opportunity to get their lives back on track.
ABC 6 is going behind the walls of the Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility. The program is the last step for residents before a possible prison sentence.
Drug addiction, poverty, no family support, for those who've run into trouble with that law there may be a number of reasons their life has gone off track.
Thanks to a program here in Franklin county, some are finally getting that chance to make a change.
“The real work starts when you get out. When you’re in here, you’re in a safe place, you get three meals a day. But when you get out, that real work starts. You have to have a plan of action. What are you going to do? Where are you going to live? Who are you going to call on when you need help?" resident Kenneth Maupin said.
ABC 6 spoke with Maupin just weeks away from his release from the Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility. For Maupin, the program is an alternative to a possible prison sentence.
"It feels great. I'm ready to start my challenge when I get out. I'm ready to tackle all the barriers I've had before," Maupin told ABC 6.
For Maupin, it was addiction that landed him here. He describes it as a blessing in disguise.
“For me, I think that it’s important to get something out of this program and there’s a lot to offer here,” Maupin said.
The Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility serves as a sentencing option for selected offenders. Residents work on developing self-discipline, get job training, counseling and much more. Crucial skills needed to be productive in society.
“I just try to get something every time that I go to class. Something that’s going to benefit me when I get out,” Maupin said.
ABC 6 also met Dillon Hensel on the inside. The 28-year-old was just days into the program. Drugs and alcohol are both issues he grew up with at home. With a family history of addiction, it has been a struggle for him since the age of 13.
“It’s all I’ve ever known. So, I’m just trying to do everything different,” Hensel said.
Hensel told ABC 6 that he's not sure where he'll end up, but he believes this could be the start of positive change.
“Honestly, I just want a life at the end of the day. I want to be able to go home at night and lay down and have my own space. I just want a simple life with a job and just to be happy at the end of the day,” Hensel said.
Maupin is confident he's on the right road. He hopes to now use his life lessons to help others.
“My long-term goal is to be a drug and alcohol counselor. That’s something I'm looking forward to,” Maupin told ABC 6.
In the coming weeks, ABC 6 will be looking more into this program and the impact it's having on lives and families here in Central Ohio. ABC 6 will also be tracking the progress of these residents as they try to remain on the right track and work to become productive citizens in their communities.