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Regional Jails will soon offer a Financial Education Course for Inmates

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 CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's regional jails will soon offer a financial education course to help inmates avoid becoming repeat offenders.

   The West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority plans to begin offering the four-week Financial Peace University program in November to inmates serving sentences for misdemeanor convictions.

   The state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says the program basics such as eliminating and avoiding debt, maintaining a budget, balancing checkbooks and saving for emergencies.

   Officials say course will reduce the participating inmate's sentence by five days. Inmates also can seek that reduction through an existing life skills course as an alternative.

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