Inmate Programs operates within the Support Division of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
Inmate Programs section is responsible for providing educational, religious and therapy oriented programs to the inmate population. Attendance to the following programs is voluntary and available to most inmates upon written request at no charge.
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- A.A. Step Study
- Drug, Alcoholic and Addictive Behavior
- Adult Education
- G.E.D. Preparation (General Education Diploma is assessed a testing fee)
- Music Therapy
- New Directions (life skill class)
- VA Assistance Program
- Rescue Mission Presentations
- Religious Programs: Protestant Church, Catholic Church, Mormon Church, Jehovah's Witness Study, Christian Science, Bible Study, LDS Family Values Class and Catholic Inquiry Class. Some religious studies are offered in English and Spanish.
Many of the programs are offered to the inmates by means of volunteers. It is through the dedication and commitment of these citizens whereby inmates incarcerated in the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center are afforded the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of programs. There are approximately 130 volunteers generously giving of their time and expertise to meet the needs and expectations of the inmate population. The Sheriff's Office is very fortunate to have available to the inmates and staff a very dedicated Chaplain's Corps. These men and women offer both spiritual and emotional support to the staff as well as the inmate population. The mixture of many different religions and beliefs enhance the effectiveness and success of the Chaplain's Corps.
The programs section supervises inmate mail, law library attendance, program attendance, library services and court ordered compliance. There are two Law Libraries available at the Criminal Justice Center for those inmates that are pro se or that are contemplating filing civil action. A variety of library books are available to the inmates for their reading pleasure.
The Sheriff's Office is committed to provide programs to the inmates that will benefit all who participate. The ultimate goal of programs is to educate and instill a positive lifestyle to those inmates returning to the community. The end result will create and return a productive citizen to our community and ultimately reduce recidivism.
To find out more about the Support Division, click on any of the links located below.