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OBJECTIVES
To provide services which offer inmates the opportunity to increase their education, receive substance abuse treatment (if needed) and learn life skills that increase opportunity upon release.

ADULT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT PROGRAMS
An intensive substance abuse treatment program is offered by counselors from Mecklenburg Area Mental Health Authority Provided Services Organization (PSO) at Jail Central. Sentenced and pre-sentenced adult inmates are eligible for participation.

The open-ended substance abuse treatment program treats addiction as a disease and utilizes a modified 12-step, cognitive approach. A certificate is awarded upon completion. Treatment is available to male and female inmates who qualify and are classified as minimum or medium security levels. A clinical assessment by a member of the treatment program staff is required to qualify interested inmates for admission to the program. Primary Care, Continuing Care, and Relapse Prevention treatment programs are available to English speaking inmates. Primary Care treatment services are available in Spanish for male inmates.

Aftercare meetings are available to male and female graduates of the substance abuse treatment programs. Alcoholics' Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings are available for male and female inmates currently involved in the treatment program.

ADULT MALE CLASSES

ANGER MANAGEMENT
A one week 10 hour class available to male and female inmates. The goal is to provide inmates with information on anger and provide them with the necessary tools to recognize, diffuse, and control anger before it results in negative behavior. A certificate is awarded to those who meet the course completion requirements.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EDUCATION
Domestic violence education is provided in each facility to individuals through optional classes and mandatory education videos. These classes are provided from a basic educational class to the Bridges Program which may allow inmates to receive partial credit when entering a Batterers Intervention Program upon release.

FAMILY TIES/FATHERHOOD
This evidence based program is offered by a contract provider and provides inmates the opportunity to reflect on their past interactions and how to improve their relationships with family members in the future.

GED PROGRAM
Basic-education classes are offered through a provider for Adults and Youthful Offenders who have not earned their high school diploma or the equivalent. Class sessions are offered in the morning, afternoon, and evenings based on the space and availability. Participation in class is on an open entry and open exit basis. Final testing is also provided for students who qualify. JC/JN

LIFE SKILLS
In-depth classes offered through a provider, this class will teach participants to accept responsibility for their behavior and to take deliberate steps toward change. Key topics include personal relationships, money management, controlling emotions (anger management), job readiness, and pre-release planning.

ADVANCED LIFE SKILLS
A series of classes focused on a variety of topics that build on the current Life Skills Series. Class topics vary and could focus on such topics as Healthy Relationships, Money Management, Character Building, Cognitive Behavioral Skills training and One Time talks with professionals.

PARENTING
Practical parenting instruction for incarcerated parents offered through a provider. Key topics include child development, love, discipline, and parent-child communication. This program is available to male and female inmates.

PERSONAL TUTORING
Individual or small group tutoring may be available to those who need any type of basic instruction (reading, writing, etc.). This service is offered in both facilities.

STD EDUCATION
The Syphilis Elimination Project is a STD education and screening collaboration between Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and the Mecklenburg County Health Department. The participants are given firsthand knowledge and awareness of STD/Syphilis and HIV education. The program provides early intervention through education and testing of STDs. The program also provides counseling and treatment of STDs for the inmates.

YOGA & BREATHING/MEDITATION
The purpose of this class is to learn the use of deep breathing, meditation, and exercises to promote healthy living.


ADULT FEMALE CLASSES

ANGER MANAGEMENT
A one week 10 hour class available to male and female inmates. The goal is to provide inmates with information on anger and provide them with the necessary tools to recognize, diffuse, and control anger before it results in negative behavior. A certificate is awarded to those who meet the course completion requirements.

COMPUTER SKILLS
This program helps inmates develop basic computer skills such as using the internet and Microsoft word. Inmates learn about basic hardware and software components of a computer.

GED PROGRAM
This program is offered to female inmates who have not completed high school and want to explore other options to obtaining a diploma. GED exposes female inmates to new career opportunities and sets them up for success. GED is offered Monday-Thursday from 2:00-4:30.

LIFE SKILLS
The Life Skills program consists of two alternating three week courses. The first course “Becoming the women you want to be: Creating Your Be-Print” focuses on examining beliefs, principles, and actions. The second course "Strengthening Relationships," focuses on understanding self, developing communication skills for building strong family/community relationships, and managing emotions.

MENTORING
Group and individual mentoring is available to females through our COOL programs. This service is provided through a contract provider and is offered within the jail and may continue when the inmate is released.

PARENTING
The purpose of the program is to assist participants in learning parenting skills and to teach them how to relate to children and young adults. The program seeks to improve parenting knowledge and skills for the inmate parent that will increase positive experiences between them, by acknowledging their parenting strengths and building on them.

PROGRAM FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN- MANDATORY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS CLASS
This program educates and empowers women about Domestic Violence. Through education and counseling, female inmates learn about the effects of domestic violence. They learn that domestic violence is unacceptable and are encouraged to move toward non-violent relationships. These classes and individual counseling allow women a safe space to share their often traumatic experiences of abuse in order to begin or continue the process of healing. The program provides the female inmates with domestic violence resources that are available in the community as they transition back into the community.

STD EDUCATION
The Syphilis Elimination Project is a STD education and screening collaboration between Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and the Mecklenburg County Health Department. The participants are given firsthand knowledge and awareness of STD/Syphilis and HIV education. The program provides early intervention through education and testing of STDs. The program also provides counseling and treatment of STDs for the inmates.

THERAPEUTIC PROGRAM POD
This POD is a structured program which operated on a daily schedule to serve women who participate in 4 groups which include the following:
  • Group- Basic Programs
  • A Group- Basic Programs
  • B Group- Primary Care Substance Abuse
  • C Group – Aftercare Substance Abuse
  • D Group- Advanced/Transitional Programs

TRAUMA EDUCATION GROUPS
Trauma Education is offered to female inmates. This program is offered in 5 sessions and is designed for women that may have been abused. Topics covered in this program include an understanding of trauma, the process and the effects of trauma on feelings, values, beliefs and the effects of trauma on behavior and relationships. One on One trauma education is also available for females who would like to participate.

YOGA & BREATHING/MEDITATION
The purpose of this class is to learn the use of deep breathing, meditation, and exercises to promote healthy living.


SPANISH SPEAKING CLASSES OFFERED

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (SPANISH/ENGLISH)
ESL classes are offered to individuals through a provider and assists individuals in learning the English Language. This class is only offered at Jail North.

FAMILY TIES
Practical parenting instruction for incarcerated parents offered through a provider. Key topics include child development, love, discipline, and parent-child communication. This program is available to male and female inmates. This class is only offered at Jail North.

SPANISH LANGUAGE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EDUCATION
Domestic violence education is provided for those with a limited understanding of English. This class is offered in both at Jail Central and Jail North.

SPANISH LANGUAGE DRUG EDUCATION
Drug education is provided for those with a limited understanding of English. Classes are offered in Spanish. This is offered in both Jail Central and Jail North.