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Dane County Sheriff's Office

Dane County Jail Offers Financial Literacy Program

April 19, 2024
Elise Schaffer, PIO, (608) 284-6142
Sheriff's Office

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is proud to partner with Summit Credit Union and the Black Men Coalition of Dane County to offer financial literacy education in the Dane County Jail. The 6-week program provides information on financial basics like budgeting, banking services, emergency savings, and establishing credit.

“A Financial Literacy Program is another step forward in offering true criminal justice reform in Dane County,” said Kalvin Barrett, Sheriff of Dane County. “By working with our community partners, we will continue to expand opportunities for programming to provide our jail residents with the tools they need to succeed in the community.”

Seven residents participated in the inaugural program. Upon completion, each person will receive a certificate and a check for $240 to begin putting their knowledge to work. The funds are provided through a Black Men Coalition of Dane County grant.

“This program aligns perfectly with Summit’s commitment to education and building a more equitable future through many innovative partnerships,” said Summit Credit Union CEO/President Kim Sponem. “When you learn how to manage money, you have a life-long skill that can help break down barriers and build a better tomorrow for yourself, your family, and the community. That’s empowering.”

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