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Two Flagler Jail Inmates Earn Food Handling Certifications, Readying Them for Jobs

| October 11, 2012

The kitchen at the Flagler County jail. (© FlaglerLive)

After spending some time in the Flagler County jail, two inmates will be ready to work in an area restaurant thanks to a new educational program at the Flagler County jail. The jail is run by Director Becky Quintieri.

Oleg Dubrovskyy

Inmate Trustees Oleh Dubrovskyy, 22, and Justin Hurt, 23, were assigned to work in the county jail kitchen with Jose Rivera, a food service manager with Trinity Services, the company that contracts to provide inmate meals. Rivera, through a partnership with the Sheriff’s Office, began an instruction course for food handling which resulted in Dubrovskyy and Hurt obtaining a “Safe Staff Food Handler Certificate.” The certification allows them to immediately start work in any food service job. Dubrovskyy, held on $25,000 bail, is expected to be released in six months. Hurt has been released.

“These two men will be coming out of the jail with a marketable skill. Restaurant employers will not have to wait for them to get their certification – they can start right away,” Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming said. “We have given them an opportunity to improve their futures while serving their time.”

Justin Hurt

The inmates had to complete seven chapters of instruction by Rivera. After each chapter, a quiz was completed. At the completion of the curriculum, a test was administered and both inmates passed. The certification program is offered by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. The certifications will expire after three years and may be renewed.

Dubrovskyy, of Point Pleasant Drive in Palm Coast, has been booked into the jail 10 times since 2009, most recently in February, on a probation violation charges, when he was caught with a controlled substance. Most of his previous stints in jail were for minor, non-violent offenses, with the exception of a DUI charge in 2009.

Hurt, of Ovideo, is no longer at the jail. He was booked in April on a probation violation charge.

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7 Responses for “Two Flagler Jail Inmates Earn Food Handling Certifications, Readying Them for Jobs”

  1. Geezer says:

    This is what “corrections” means. I hope that these young men
    go on to live productive, rewarding lives.

  2. blondee says:

    I do too, but I wish Dubrovskyy a lot of luck in getting hired, considering his lengthy criminal record.

  3. NortonSmitty says:

    Congratulations to both of them, and good luck finding work with your new credentials.

    I swore I was going to write something positive and not be sarcastic, but I couldn’t even get past the first sentence. This is just sad on so many levels my heart’s not in it.

  4. Nancy N. says:

    The state DOC also offers this certification at some of its facilities.

    Congratulations to these men on earning this credential. Hopefully it will help them straighten their lives out.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I agree with you NortonSmitty, but Becky Quintieri is to be commended for allowing/promoting some type of education and rehabilitation. If would be great if the inmates there were allowed to have access to educational books, like GED prep, college texts or self-help. Better than wasting the ‘time’ they are serving. Wouldn’t it be interresting if, when an individual was locked up for say 12 months, they were required to meet set goals and milestones each week/month, and have a set goal to accomplish prior to release? Simply being locked up does not seem to be “serving” any purpose. But in the case of these two men, good job, they accomplished something.

    • Nancy N. says:

      If an inmate in the state of Florida is sentenced to more than 365 days, putting them under the jurisdiction of the state DOC, they are in fact required to take part in a GED program while in custody if they do not already have a high school diploma or equivalent. And they also have access to extensive libraries and the ability to have books mailed in to them from outside bookstores.The state also offers various vocational and substance abuse programs to many inmates, but there is not nearly enough of these programs to serve the inmates in the system who need them, and their scope is limited. More inmates need access to these programs, and there needs to be options for inmates who have higher levels of education to improve themselves.

      If you’d like to see these types of opportunities to help inmates fix their lives expanded, you need to tell your state rep and senator you feel that way. A lot of lip service has been paid to this concept by the Scott administration but without funding and the support of the legislature, it’s been nothing but hot air.

  6. Flagler Adult and Community Education provides GED classes and Parenting Classes at the Flagler County Inmate Facility.

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