The programs unit develops programs together with local community volunteer organizations to help current incarcerated inmates make better decisions by preparing for their release back into the community. Many programs also assist inmates in providing the necessary education/skills to gain and keep employment. Inmates are encouraged to stay active in their recovery in order to become healthy productive citizens. Inmates will write a request for consideration to be enrolled and upon approval from classification will receive a notice to attend of course dates and times to attend.
Inmate Education Programs
The GED program teaches 9th through 12th grades in preparation for the GED test by providing education in basic skills, such as Math, English, Science, Writing, and History.
General Educational Development (GED)
The GED program is provided by the Brevard organization Links of Hope and Brevard Adult and Community Education Schools. GED teaches 9th through 12th grades in preparation for the GED test by providing education in basic skills, such as Math, English, Science, Writing, and History.
Our Inmate Programs Unit employees are certified GED Test Proctors and provide the testing for inmates who have successfully achieved high school level grades through our GED Program.
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education services are provided by Brevard Adult and Community Education Schools. ABE is non-graded, open entry/open exit program that uses self-paced instructional modules, computer-aided instruction, and performance-based evaluation. Placement is based on an individual needs assessment with a state-approved assessment instrument. Classes provide basic literacy and life skills instruction for adults who are performing at or below the eighth grade level. Instruction addresses basic literacy in all areas of knowledge with courses that are designed to develop literacy skills. Additionally, instruction targets the basic skills of reading, language, and mathematics thorough contextualized curriculum designed to provide and/or improve the employability of basic education students. Finally, Adult Basic Education prepares students to enroll in GED preparation or adult high school classes.
Literacy for Adults in Brevard (LAB)
Volunteers from Literacy for Adults in Brevard provide tutoring to inmates enrolled in GED, ABE, and ESOL Programs needing additional study assistance.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Adult ESOL prepares students to communicate effectively in a multifaceted society. This program provides English language instruction for limited English proficient adults that will increase their ability to communicate in English. The content is compatible with principles of language acquisition for adult learners of English. Learned skills improve the employability of limited English proficient adults through acquisition of communication skills and cultural competencies which enhance ability to read, write, speak, and listen in English.
The Brevard County School Board provides our juvenile inmates grade level education.
Inmate Educational Video Programming
The Inmate Educational Video Programming is a computer system, which broadcasts inmate information and educational media to select areas of the jail. This programming educates inmates by broadcasting educational material on over 1000 subjects from the Inmate Programs Unit Media Library. It also serves as an informational source providing inmates with information on Inmate Rules and Regulations.
HIV Education and Testing
Facilitated by Unconditional Love Inc. Provides HIV Education and free HIV testing to inmates. Inmates interested can submit a request form to “Medical” to be added to the list for education and testing.
Parenting & Decision Making
Parent Education is a faith based 4-week program facilitated by Links of Hope designed to give inmates whom are parents the tools they need to raise their children effectively upon release. Our classes facilitate family relations by teaching inmates how to be supportive and actively involved within a family structure. Communication skills, negotiation, effective listening and decision-making are main objectives. The program goal is to improve the inmate’s reaction in conflict situations, to help them learn how to make better choices, and to realize the outcomes of decisions they have already made and the effects these decisions have made on their families. A certificate is provided after 4-weeks of attendance.
A 4-week program in which inmates will be instructed on checking accounts, budgeting, and debt management to be ready for release.
Facilitated by the Birth Behind Bars Organization, this program provides the necessary education and resources to prepare the pregnant female population inmates for their release back into society.
Inmate Re-Enter Our Community (R.O.C.) Programs
This program is focused on preparing the inmate population for their integration back into the community.
Upon completion of each level a certificate will be issued:
LEVEL 1 – Communication and Writing – concentrating on customer service, different types of communication, creating a resume and writing correspondence.
LEVEL 2 – Ex-Offender Job Workshop – The topics of the curriculum consist of identifying employment, job interviews and review possible careers for ex-offenders. Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Inc. Job Connection Center located in Rockledge, FL participates in this workshop.
LEVEL 3 – Reenter our Community Seminar- Inmates enrolled in the program will discuss succeeding outside of jail by proper financial planning, finding housing, and obtaining identification (Driver’s License).
LEVEL 4 – Probation Toolkit – a 1-day program facilitated by Interns from the University of Central Florida. The probation toolkit is a set of general guidelines to assist offenders in successfully understanding and completing probation. This includes presentations and handouts.
LEVEL 5 – Keys to Productive Thinking – Making better choices and leaving behind the criminal mindset.
Reentry Assistance Packet – A packet of information containing Central Florida community services available at little to no cost to the individual pertaining to:
- Obtaining Identification or Applying for a hardship license
Food Stamps for Nutritional Assistance – All Inmates have the opportunity upon request to apply for Food Stamps while still incarcerated 60 days before released back into the community.
Veteran Justice Outreach Program – Outreach Services for Incarcerated Veterans.
Vocational & Certification Programs
These programs are designed for inmates to give them the skills to gain and keep employment hence deterring them away from crime keeping our communities safe. These programs give inmates a practical skill, which will lead to certification. All of our vocational programs are available to both male and female inmates.
8 hours of computer skills training provided by Brevard Adult and Community Education consisting of typing skills, functions of the mouse, computer terminology, and computer software tools using word processing and spreadsheet software. Inmate students will be able to create sample resumes and complete sample job applications. Upon completion of the class a certificate is issued and inmate students will have a basic understanding of creating computer documents achieving the skills necessary to apply for employment.
Paws & Stripes® Canine Training Program
Shelter dogs from four Brevard County shelters are teamed with jail inmates for an 8-week course. The dogs are housebroken and learn basic obedience and the other skills necessary to earn their “AKC Canine Good Citizen” certificate. The dogs then return to their respective shelters, ready to be adopted into permanent, loving, forever homes. Meanwhile, the inmates study dog-training techniques, basic dog grooming, veterinary assistant skills, and Pet First Aid/CPR. In addition to earning a Paws & Stripes® Certificate of Completion, inmates also have the opportunity to earn their Level 1 or Level 2 Certification from the International Boarding and Pet Services Association. Dogs and inmates are all winners because of Paws & Stripes. If you are interested in seeing our adoptable dogs, or in receiving more information, click here: See Adoptable Dogs”.
Culinary Vocational Program
The Jail Complex has offered the culinary program since 1999 and is unequaled in terms of respect within the industry. Using the skills and knowledge gained through the program, inmates have the opportunity to become more employable outside of the jail environment. The Brevard County Jail Complex Culinary Program is comprised of 2 parts. No previous culinary knowledge is required.
- Part 1: SafeStaff Training – is designed to provide inmates with food service training. Upon completion of the program inmates will be eligible to take the SafeStaff exam. SafeStaff is a certification that is required by all restaurants in the state of Florida.
- Part 2: Introduction to Line Cooking Skills – is hands on practical work experience in our kitchen facility areas.
Sewing Vocational Program
No previous sewing knowledge is required. The sewing program gives inmates the chance to learn the skill of sewing. We teach how to use the sewing machine and master the basic skills of sewing. We start just learning to sew a straight line, once that has been mastered, we learn to cut out patterns, use an Elastic Machine, a Serger and the standard sewing machine. We also learn how to repair previously worn clothes. Mattress making is also something we do, once you have the basic knowledge anything in this class can be accomplished.
Sheriff’s Farm Programs Include
Landscaping, Horticulture, Planting, maintaining, implementing of field crops, trees, Operation of tractors and implements for planting and maintaining field crops. Repair and maintenance of mowers, small engine equipment, tractors, utility vehicles, utility trailers, irrigation systems, bicycles, construction and utilization of hand tools, welding and metal fabrication, and utilization of proper safety equipment and safety practices for various projects.
Inmate Special Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
A weekly group meeting includes discussions and sharing directed toward alcohol abuse recovery and/or drug/substance abuse problems and is conducted by volunteers from local recovery groups. The goal is to educate and rehabilitate. A certificate is provided after 4-weeks of attendance.
A faith based 12-hour course facilitated by Links of Hope to help inmates effectively deal with stress and other issues that may cause anger. A certificate is provided after 12 hours of attendance.
Dads Against Drugs (DADs) Program
This is a group discussion class to educate and enhance our inmates with knowledge of any and all types of co-dependency problems, whether it is from drugs, alcohol, relationships, etc. A certificate is provided after 4-weeks of attendance.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
A weekly group meeting includes discussions and sharing directed toward drug/substance abuse problems and is conducted by volunteers from local recovery groups. The goal is to educate and rehabilitate. A certificate is provided after 4-weeks of attendance.
Recovery Awareness Program (RAP)
This is an educational program/faith based program on recovery and preventive measures against drugs, alcohol and addictive substances. A certificate is provided after 4-weeks of attendance.
Inmate Mental Health Programs
Weekly social skills groups consisting of: goal setting, decision making, stress management, communication skills, conflict resolution, coping skills, time management, and maintaining healthy relationships.
The Chaplain’s Office provides a number of services to inmates. The Chaplain’s office is consists of over 100 volunteers from the community under the leadership of a full-time chaplain. The full time chaplain is employed by Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, a non-profit organization.
SERVICES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Individual Counseling Sessions
Lifeskills101 a New Direction
A 6 week course facilitated by the Chaplin’s office concentrating on developing life plans through goal setting and faith stepping. The following topics are discussed: finding housing, the basic skills in securing employment, the job application, the resume, cover letter and thank you notes, reporting restitution and assistance, the job interview process, budget savings and checking, reporting, restitution and assistance, life plans, goal setting, and faith steppings.
Search for Significance
A faith-based eight week recovery program. The program utilizes the books “The Search for Significance” by Robert McGee and “Conquering Codependency” by Pat Springle. The topics of curriculum and workshops consist of Changing the Cycle, Foundations for Recovery, Codependency, Honesty & Forgiveness, Willing to Change and Ready for Change (Stop being a Victim or Offender).
It’s Tough Being a Woman
A ten week faith-based program utilizing the Beth Moore study of the book of Esther. Participants learn coping and life skills through mentoring and discipleship. The program includes a weekly video, group sessions and nine weeks of homework designed for self-examination and character building.
A ten week faith-based program utilizing the Angel Henning workbook “Well Woman – Exchanging a Life of Regrets for a Legacy of Love”. A group counseling program designed to facilitate inner-healing and direct personal efforts to find worth and meaning to healthy sources.
Distribution of Religious Materials
The Chaplain’s Office provides Bibles and other primary books of faith to inmates as well as a variety of religious ready material. All materials are donated to the facility. A bible correspondence course is also available upon request.
The Chaplain is responsible for verifying and delivering emergency messages in the event of the death or serious illness of an inmate’s immediate family member.
The office arranges special diets for inmates following verification of religious affiliation and the religion’s dietary requirements.
Contact Information for Aftercare
A list of known resources offering potential assistance to inmates following their release is made available by the office.