Sheriff’s office partners with nonprofit to help inmates become entrepreneurs

A Black-led nonprofit will work with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office to teach financial literacy and entrepreneurship to people incarcerated in the county’s jails.

As part of the Next Great 50 Entrepreneur initiative, select inmates receive eight weeks of training to improve their credit scores and acquire the skills they need to start their own businesses upon release.

The program is operated by Peace4Poverty, a Charlotte non-profit founded in 2020.

Sheriff Garry L. McFadden said the program will reduce recidivism.

“We need to have the resources or a door that they can point to when they exit this building,” McFadden told reporters at the Mecklenburg Detention Center on Monday. “There is very little hope out there because we are not accepting our returning citizens like we should.”

Joshua Proby, founder of Peace4Poverty, knows life after incarceration firsthand.