Formerly incarcerated people paid to return to jail to help those behind bars

Peer counselors who previously served time hope to prevent crime and homelessness by meeting with those who are currently incarcerated.

MONTESANO, Wash. — After spending 11 years in and out of county jails, Jennifer Gonzales now gets paid to spend time behind bars.

The certified peer counselor meets with incarcerated people at the Grays Harbor County Jail, sometimes daily.

“I love being able to give back to the community. And proving people wrong,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales was once homeless and battled addiction for years. She now works with the Coastal Community Action Program in Aberdeen.

The Grays Harbor County Public

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