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.
Our county school board administers the GED Test for inmates who have successfully achieved high school level grades through our GED Program.
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. The program, facilitated by Wells Fargo, features their “Second Chance Accounts” program to learn how to re-establish their credit and manage a checking account.
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, public speaking, 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.
Paws & Stripes® Canine Training Program
Shelter dogs from three 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. The inmates, meanwhile, study dog-training techniques, basic dog grooming, and veterinary assistant skills. In addition to the Paws & Stripes® Certificate of Completion they earn, inmates also receive certification by the American Red Cross in Pet First Aid/CPR and complete a written exam by the Pet Care Services Association, earning them the title of "Certified Pet Care Technician." 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”.
Flagging Certification Program
Basic Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) Certification course facilitated by Safety Links Inc. This course prepares inmates for employment in the construction industry. At the completion of this program, inmates who successfully completed the class receive a completion certification card to give inmates a better opportunity to gain employment after release. MOT Basic or Flagging course certifies a person to direct traffic through a construction site or other temporary traffic control zone past an area using signs or flags. They are responsible for maintaining the safety and efficiency of traffic, as well as the safety of road workers, while allowing construction, accident recovery or other tasks to proceed. Flaggers are commonly used to control traffic when 2-way roads are reduced to one lane, and traffic must alternate in direction. They are responsible for maintaining the safety and efficiency of traffic, as well as the safety of road workers, while allowing construction, accident recovery or other tasks to proceed.
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
Alcohol Twelve Step Recovery (TSR)
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.
Conquering Codependency is a faith based 5-week recovery program. The program utilizes the books “Conquering Codependency” by Pat Springle and “Breaking the Cycle of Hurtful Family Experiences” by Robert McGee.
The topics of curriculum and workshops consist of:
- Change the Cycle
- Foundations for Recovery
- Good Listening Skills
- Willing to Change
- Ready for Change (Stop being a Victim or Offender)
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. At the request of the facility, pre-admission telephone interviews are arranged between inmates and treatment facility.