PUTNAMVILLE -- The Putnamville Correctional Facility (PCF) recently staged a commencement ceremony for 114 offender graduates of the Purposeful Living Unit Serve (PLUS) program.
The ceremony commenced with the invocation given by facility chaplain Ernie Rush followed by Superintendent Stanley Knight's welcome and introduction of keynote speaker David Liebel, director of religious and volunteer services for the Indiana Department of Correction.
"The kind of life that you will have is contingent upon the choices that you make after your release," Liebel said.
He continued his address by giving examples of how poor decision-making had impacted other offenders' lives after their release and the consequences that occurred.
"Poor decision-making can return you to a life of incarceration or place you in a situation that could end your life," he said. "Based on the values taught to you in this program, you can make the right decisions for both you and your family. The choice is yours."
The program concluded with recognition and appreciation of community volunteer attendees, Dr. Curtis Brouwer and Nancy Lowe, from Crawfordsville, and Rob Walsman, from Indianapolis, for their participation and support of the program.
PLUS is a faith and character-based program designed to teach offenders positive values, i.e., compassion for others, respect, accountability and responsibility for one's actions, and self-control in preparation of their release to the community.