Corrections Bureau - In-Custody Programs


Chemical Dependency Program

The Inmate Chemical Dependency Program provides a structured, monitored and supportive therapeutic environment utilizing Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) as the primary treatment modality. It is designed to assist chemically dependent inmates in developing the cognitive skills, attitudes and behavior essential for long-term recovery from alcoholism and/or chemical dependency. Program goals include; reduction of violent and criminal behaviors, lowered incidents of recidivism, increased rates of employment, and reduction in behaviors associated with HIV/AIDS risk and domestic violence. Indicators of treatment success are the development of attitudes, behaviors, coping and life skills that will facilitate the participant’s growth toward positive and productive lifestyles. TCCF program participants are referred to treatment by court order and treatment program staff based on a sentence length of seven months or more and a history of current and/or past drug-related offenses. The three-phase program is graduated in both intensity and level of incarceration, utilizing Correctional Options (Work Release and Electronic Monitoring), providing inmates with a phased reintegration into the facility general population and the community. The program also interfaces with Superior Court Drug Court and DUI Court by providing treatment in the jail for Drug/DUI Court participants experiencing relapse or other serious non-compliance with Drug/DUI Court regulations.    (Back to Top)

Domestic Violence Offender (DVOP) / Anger Management Program

The Inmate Anger Management and Domestic Violence Offender Program is a state certified program which utilizes Moral Reconation Therapy-DV (MRT). The program is conducted in phases with each phase decreasing in intensity. Inmates transition from secure confinement to Work Release supervision whereby they can maintain/attain employment and participate in the DV treatment while under the supervision of the Corrections Staff. Treatment is provided to male and female offenders who have been identified and assessed as having significant anger control problems and/or have exhibited incidents of abusive behavior or crimes involving violence and battering. Program components include recognizing anger, externalizing anger, increasing awareness of problem solving techniques, relationship building, and the cycle for abuse and how to stay safe.    (Back to Top)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) / GED

The Adult Basic Education Program is provided to eligible inmates through a joint venture with South Puget Sound Community College. Participating offenders are assessed through pre and post testing instruments and individualized education plans are developed. Core competencies in a computer lab format are available and incorporated into the program design with emphasis geared toward attainment of the GED. The cost of administering the Adult Basic Education Program is funded through a Federal education grant administered by SPSCC, the Helen Shank Memorial Fund and Treatment Sales Tax funds.    (Back to Top)

GED Graduation Ceremony on June 14, 2012
Olympian Article about the GED Graduation Ceremony

Preparing for Re-Entry Employment Program (PREP)

The Preparing for Re-Entry Employment Program provides education and job skills training to offenders within the main jail and on Work Release. Program components include, but are not limited to: delivery of pre-employment education and strategies, completing applications, completing resumes, interviewing strategies and techniques to market skills effectively, direct links to the Work Source and community resources, referrals to employment opportunities, GED completion, referrals to training options/opportunities and financial aid assistance.    (Back to Top)

Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) groups meet for one hour, one day a week and is available to those inmates who request participation in a 12 step support group. Volunteer AA and NA members from Thurston County facilitate the program and provide sponsorship for inmates upon release.    (Back to Top)

Alcohol and Drug Information School (ADIS)

The overall goal of the court-ordered program is to help people make responsible decisions about their use of alcohol and drugs as they relate to high-risk behaviors and attitudes. The purpose of this class is to give necessary information and skills to empower participants to restore control and increase effectiveness of participants’ decision-making skills. Individuals completing the 10-hour program are also required to spend one or two days in confinement in a minimum-security housing unit. The program lessons include; Decision Making, Effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Progression of Chemical Problems, Family Dynamics and the Law and Chemical Use.    (Back to Top)

Turning Point / Female Offender Program

Turning Point is a program designed to increase self-esteem, awareness and empowerment. The focus of the group is on setting and planning healthy goals for female inmates. The structure of the group runs in a twelve-week cycle utilizing creative structures and handouts to address each topic. At completion of the twelve-week cycle the goal is that each inmate has an individualized plan of what areas in their life need help in addition to where they can go to better receive this help upon release. The twelve-week course focuses on the topics of self-esteem, self-worth, boundaries, unhealthy/healthy relationships, family structures, parenting, chemical dependency, anger, identification of feelings, needs assessment, goal setting, and change.    (Back to Top)

Mentally Ill Offender Program

The Mentally Ill Offender Program (MIO) provides mental health and crisis services to incarcerated adults in the Thurston County jail. Individuals who meet the criteria of a “priority population”, due to acute or chronic mental illness as defined by WAC 388-865-0215, are eligible for program services. MIO services include: 1) identification of incarcerated adults who are mentally ill and in need of mental health services; 2) on-site crisis services; 3) referrals to other key services such as outpatient mental health treatment; 4) enrollment in publicly funded benefits (e.g. Medicaid or SSI) which may help participants access needed services when released from jail; and 5) when appropriate, diversion alternatives to incarceration including Thurston County Mental Health Court.    (Back to Top)

Offender Re-Entry Program (CDP, WR and EHM)

The Offender Re-Entry Program provides assessment, treatment, and transition services to chemically dependent and/or mentally-ill offenders incarcerated at the Thurston County Corrections Facility. Offenders are identified through assessment instruments and/or referral. A multi-disciplinary team approach allows for collaboration across disciplines and jurisdictional boundaries and is at the core of this program. The Re-Entry Program utilizes the GAINS Re-Entry Checklist, a best-practice tool, that is used to support a transition planning process which addresses issues (e.g. treatment, health care, income, housing) shown to be essential to successful re-entry of mentally ill and chemically dependent offenders.    (Back to Top)

Transitions Case Management / Medication Program

The Transitions Program provides prescription medication and oversight for management of psychiatric medications. This service is for Thurston County Corrections Facility inmates who have no means to pay for medications used to treat mental illness. The Case Management component provides support for assessment and referral to community resources for offenders transitioning out of the main jail to a Correctional Options Program and then into the community. Correctional Options programs include Electronic Home Monitoring and Work Release. Medication and case management services are intended to improve the continuity of care for mentally ill offenders.    (Back to Top)

Diversion / Re-Entry Program (General Population Inmates)

The Diversion/Re-Entry Program assists mentally-ill individuals who are incarcerated at the Thurston County Corrections Facility with the purpose of providing a positive transition back into the community. The initial assessment consists of addressing concerns surrounding major life domains such as housing, food, medical, transportation and medication. Based on the information gathered, assistance is provided with applying for benefits where appropriate from state and federal agencies such as DSHS and Social Security as well as connecting with other local community resources. The Diversion/Re-Entry Program also works with the Thurston County Courts in assisting with Inmate Diversions to community placement, when appropriate. Both methods of assisting inmates through the Diversion/Re-Entry Program are carried out with the ultimate goal of reducing recidivism.
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Transitional Case Manager (Community Based)

Provides screenings to mentally ill offenders in county and local jails to determine eligibility. Those offenders determined to be eligible are to receive a mental health assessment, assistance to expedite applications for new or re-instated Medicaid benefits, and to expedite, facilitate and coordinate their return to the community.    (Back to Top)

Veteran’s Program

The Incarcerated Veterans Project employs staff whom identify incarcerated veterans, and, if eligible, enroll them in the program. Communication with the courts is then initiated to negotiate an early release. Requests are made to the court to release veterans to the jail project pending entry into treatment and connection to services. A veterans' benefits specialist from Washington Department of Veteran Affairs provides case management and follow-up services for incarcerated vets who qualify.    (Back to Top)

HIV/AIDS Education Class

HIV/AIDS education services are offered to all minimum and medium security offenders on a voluntary basis. Offenders receive free and confidential HIV testing and follow-up counseling as needed.    (Back to Top)

Jail Ministries

The Thurston County Corrections Facility Jail Ministries Program is a multi-denominational consortium group of Thurston County area churches who provide, on a rotational basis, volunteer services, religious counseling, bible studies, Sunday services and special functions including religious celebrations, clothing bank and community outreach referrals.    (Back to Top)

Law Library

The inmate law library is offered to all incarcerated offenders and is supervised by Corrections staff. Inmates receive assistance from staff on how to access the computer law system utilizing updated versions of RCW’s and Washington Case Law on CD-ROM, which are updated quarterly. A printer is also available so inmates may print documents needed.    (Back to Top)
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Inmate Worker

The Thurston County Corrections Facility, Inmate Worker Program is offered to select minimum-security inmates who meet the established criteria for inside worker positions. Corrections staff supervise eligible participants in their assigned positions that include; food service, facility janitors, painters, floor detailers, and other functions as needed. All inmate worker positions are closely monitored and offender performance is evaluated daily. Participants receive incentive related considerations for participation in this program that also assists the Corrections Bureau operations and is a strong incentive for inmates to engage in positive behavior. There are a total of 50 inmate worker positions within the main facility.    (Back to Top)