People facing jail time who have a job through Marshall County Community Corrections or are color code with the court referral program will get some much needed help in the near future.

“Charles Whisenant approached me a few weeks back about this,” Arab Mayor Bob Joslin said at a recent Arab City Council meeting.

The court referral program is a division of the Marshall County Community Corrections program where Whisenant, the Tribune editor, serves as a board member.

“These people have to take random drug tests through a color code and if it’s their day, they have to drive to Albertville to provide a urine sample,” said Joslin. “These people are trying to hold down a job and besides the time, they also have to pay a fee. Charles asked if there was any place local that could be used.

“He told me they would provide the staff and share the cost of any renovations. We checked out the old fire station and cleared out a couple of the bays that should work great,” he continued. “Our employees are building partitions and there will be a drop ceiling added. In my opinion, this is to everyone’s advantage to help these people get back on their feet and keep them from losing their jobs.”

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