A tractor-trailer once used by a cartel has been donated to the prison’s CDL training program

A sheriff’s office in Mississippi recently donated a truck to a state prison program that prepares inmates for a career in the trucking industry.

The Rankin County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) donated a 2009 International Commercial Vehicle to the Mississippi Department of Corrections for use in a new CDL training program.

The CDL program is part of a push within the Mississippi legislature to help inmates avoid returning to prison by finding gainful employment. The program was able to obtain funds for a training simulator, but did not have a truck to use in real-world training.

RCSO explains why they decided to donate the truck:

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey heard [Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain] one day talk about the many rehabilitation programs he wanted to start in the Department of Corrections, but had to start some from scratch, like the CDL program. The Rankin County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Team, with the assistance of Rankin County District Attorney Bubba Bramlett, had recently seized a 2009 International Commercial Vehicle used to transport cartel-owned contraband Mexican drugs. God placed on Sheriff Bailey’s heart that Rankin County should donate the vehicle to Commissioner Cain’s Rehabilitation Program. Bailey approached the Rankin County Board of Supervisors with the idea and received immediate and unanimous approval.

Following the donation of the truck, there was still a need for a trailer to launch the program. Commissioner Cain and Sheriff Bailey contacted KLLM Transportation Services based in Rankin County. KLLM has agreed to donate a trailer to the inmate CDL program.

Sheriff Bryan Bailey, KLLM CEO Jim Richards, MDOC Commissioner Burl Cain, MAGCOR CEO Bradley Lum

“Today June 30, 2022 Commissioner Burl Cain and MAGCOR CEO Bradley Lum received the keys to the 2009 International Truck and KLLM Trailer. This truck and trailer will change hundreds of lives by giving these inmates the training and skills they need to lead successful careers and earn big bucks,” RCSO said in a press release.

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