Jail Programs

Overview


A variety of programs are offered to inmates at the Washington County Jail. Participation in all programs is voluntary except for mandatory work assignments, court ordered programs, or programs required by law.

Educational Classes


Contracted educational instructors will work with inmates in such areas as basic education, GED preparation and testing, and individualized educational pursuits. Financial literacy and women’s groups are new additions. Computers are to be used for educational purposes only. Inmates have no internet access.

Vocational Training


Educational instructors and job training center staff will assist inmates in preparing themselves for job searches through educational studies and instruction in such areas as the job application process and employment interviews.

STS Programs


Trusty’s participate in various work details within the jail such as the laundry and kitchen while outside crews work in the community. This requires release status to go on the Sentence to Service Program by the sentencing judge. This is a community corrections program, not a Sheriff’s Office program.

Work Release


Participation in the Work Release Program requires release status ordered by the sentencing judge. You must also meet the criteria established for the Work and Education Release Program. These are sentenced inmates who go to work or school and then spend their nights in jail. An orientation date will be assigned. There is a daily fee to be on this program.

Home Detention / Electronic Home Monitoring (HD/EHM)


Participation in the HD/EHM Program requires release status ordered by the sentencing judge. You must also meet the criteria established by the HD/EHM Program. You must have or be able to have installed a hard line phone in your residence. An orientation date will be assigned. There is a daily fee to be on this program.

Social Services


Programs staff is available to meet with inmates to discuss day to day personal problems. Mental health issues may be referred to the jail medical unit.

Chemical Abuse Counseling


Canvas Health provides a chemical dependency counselor to conduct chemical dependency assessments. The chemical dependency counselor also facilitates an Out-Patient Chemical Dependency Treatment Program in the jail. Participation in the Out-Patient Program requires a court order or the approval of the chemical dependency counselor.

Other chemical abuse group meetings for inmates, such as A.A. groups, are held in the jail and are scheduled according to available volunteers.

Library Services


Leisure reading materials will be available to inmates when the library cart is brought into the housing unit.

Religious Guidance


Nondenominational and various other religious services and programs shall be offered to inmates depending on the extent of volunteer participation. Jail Chaplains may visit with inmates when requested at scheduled visiting times without being on the visiting list. Personal clergy may visit with inmates at scheduled visiting times but they must be on the inmate's visiting list.

Referrals to Community Agencies


Programs Staff can assist inmates in determining which community agencies offer services that inmates may wish to utilize upon release from jail.