Inmate Services encompasses several areas within the detention facility that provide vital programs to the inmate population.
Medical Services: Correction Health Care provides a comprehensive medical team for medical screening, mental health, dental and daily medications. You may visit their website at www.jailcare.com for additional information about the company. An inmate may request a medical appointment through the inmate kite system. Appointments are scheduled by the nursing staff for the available services. The inmates are charged a co-pay at the time services are rendered. The medical unit manages the health issues of all inmates, including the distribution of necessary medications.
Food Service: CBM, under the correctional managed services for their company, provides food service personnel that work with a nutritionist in meal planning and preparation. All meals are prepared in the detentions center’s kitchen and served three times per day. You can find their information at www.cbmmanagedservices.com. Please follow the link to see additional testimonials of their service.
Laundry Service: The detention center has laundry services for institutional linens and uniforms. Clean uniforms and linens are distributed regularly.
Inmate Programs: Prior to 1988, inmate programs were almost non-existent and consisted only of a small handful of religious volunteers who provided a non-denominational Sunday church service.
Today, the detention facility provides a multitude of programs to incarcerated inmates in an ongoing effort to give them the opportunity to earn an education and resolve personal growth issues. We believe that by giving inmates the opportunity to better themselves, they may be less likely to re-offend, while returning to the community as productive and law-abiding members.
The practical and productive programs provided to Douglas County inmates include:
- Religious Bible study along with Sunday worship services
- Religious services offer Quest for Authentic Manhood, which helps inmates understand their role as fathers
- Spanish-speaking only religious service
- Acclaimed program known as “Inside Out Dad” which helps the inmates know their responsibilities as a dad and connect with their families. Please visit their website at www.fatherhood.org for more information
- GED preparatory class and a GED program established in 2008 with over 170 graduates – a partnership with the Douglas County Library, www.douglascountylibraries.org, to make this program successful
- English as a second language (ESL)
- Life skills, Thinking for a Change classes which promote happiness and peace in life
- A computer-based legal resource system funded by the inmates
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- LARP – Literary Arts Reading Program, this class helps critical thinking
- Read-A-Book offers the opportunity to read/record books to send to their small children
- CAMP – Anger Management Program
These programs have become an integral part of daily activities for most of our inmates and require the detailed coordination of two full-time detention specialists. In addition, we have over 60 community volunteers who devote their personal time and energy to improving the lives of inmates and who present all of the programs. Without their perpetual support, we would be unable to provide these valuable services to our inmate population.