MONROE COUNTY JAIL REHABILITATION DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Rehabilitation Department is to develop and coordinate counseling services, treatment, educational, recreational and religious programs.
MONROE COUNTY JAIL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Incarcerated Youth Education Program
Five teachers provide small group instruction. In 2005 1264 student/inmates participated in the program. These include GED, Pre-GED, and Life Skills, ESOL and high school on-line instruction. On-line instruction is for students who will return to their respective home schools when they are released. All schooling is on a voluntary basis.
Adult Education Program
The Rochester City School District provided a GED program for adult inmates at the Monroe County Jail. Services were provided to both male and female inmates.
MONROE COUNTY JAIL REHABILITATION SERVICES
Law Library Services
The law library continues to provide to those incarcerated, access to mandated criminal and civil law reference and research materials, equipment and assistance. A law librarian/paralegal is assigned to the library and works closely with both inmates and staff to ensure a well-coordinated operation. Since its inception it has been recognized to be among the highest rated in New York State. In 2001 the law library converted to an Internet based legal research system. Requests from inmates are researched by the Law Library clerks and printed out and delivered to inmates in their housing areas.
Office of the Chaplain
The Chaplain’s office facilitates the administration of Protestant, Catholic, Islamic, and Jewish weekly worship services. In addition the Chaplains Office process’ the request for religious diets, changes of religion, visits to hospitals and request to attend funerals for deceased relatives has increased. In addition, the chaplain’s office processed marriage applications and facilitated weddings where appropriate.
Rochester Interfaith Jail Ministry
Rochester Interfaith Jail Ministry was founded in 1970 and is actively involved with those incarcerated the Jail and Correctional Facility. Staff and volunteers are a non-judgmental, non-proselytizing presences who visit their assigned inmate on a weekly basis. Referrals for visitation come from the Rehabilitation Staff, Self referral, and Jail Security Staff. Father Mark Stiegler was recently appointed to coordinate the ministry.
Good News Jail and Prison Ministry
The Chaplains office continues to maintain an excellent working relationship with the two full time Good News Jail and Prison Ministry Chaplains. The Chaplains provide group and individual spiritual guidance to inmates as well as assisting the Jail Chaplain wherever possible. Individual Statistics for their work are contained in a separate report.
MONROE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Adult G.E.D. Education Program
The academic coordinator is responsible for assessing educational needs through classroom or individual instruction and coordination all educational programs. Community based resources are utilized to supplement the programs. The Academic Instructor and 3 instructors from the Monroe # 1 Board of Cooperative Education Services work to prepare adult students of the GED exam. The exam is given 6 times this year.
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COMMUNITY BASED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
1. Board of Cooperative Educational Services #1
In addition to the basic education program BOCES offers the following programs to adult inmates at the Correctional Facility.
This is a certificate program presented in four modules of Home Study Packets. The program covers Money Management, Communications, Parenting, Time management, Healthy Eating, Balancing, Relationships, Roles, and Learning styles.
This is a one-on-one home study program for the GED that. This program seems to offer some real advantages for the adult learner who does not function as well in a classroom setting.
2. Monroe Community College
The following courses were offered within the facility:
Developmental Studies 105 (Pre-college writing): This course prepares students in the development, revision and writing of essays in preparation for English 101.
- Career Development and Lifestyles (CDL 100): This one credit course emphasizes career and life planning including educational and vocational assessments.
- Math 150 - Survey of Math, was offered to 36 inmates. This is a 3 Credit math class.
- College Orientation Seminar – COS – This one credit class emphasizes strategies and techniques for a successful college experience.
3 . Vocational Programs
Food Service Certificate Program
The Correctional Facility and Monroe Community College collaborated to offer 3 certificate programs for 15 inmates in each of 4 programs. Training included: Food preparation, Professional cooking, Baking, Sanitation and Catering. Job placement within the food service industry was an integral part o this program.
Plumbing Skills Vocational Training Program
A new vocational skills program was added at the Correctional Facility that started in December of 2001. The class consisted of nine, 4-hour sessions on basic Plumbing Skills. Instruction included a hands-on opportunity for the inmates to learn maintenance and repair skills. The program was developed by instructor Bob Mattucci and has been delivered in several other correctional settings.
Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, Inc.
Tutors provide one on one reading instruction to inmates who are reading below a 3.0 comprehension level.
Three volunteer tutors provided high school equivalency math and algebra
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* Women’s Issues
The following topics were presented:
1. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (County Health Dept.)
2. Academic/Training Programs (M.C.C.)
3. Community Resources for Women (YWCA)
4. Cancer Prevention (Cancer Action, Inc.) s)
5. A.I.D.S./H.I.V. (AIDS Rochester)
6. Education Opportunities (Roch. City School Dist.)
7. Family Planning (Planned Parenthood)
8. Prenatal Care (Roch. Gen. Hospital)
9. Smoking Cessation (Cancer Action, Inc.)
10. Housing (Sojourner House, Bethany House)
11. Rape Crisis Center (Planned Parenthood)
12. Academic, Vocational Programs (E.O.C.)
13. Nutrition, Food Safety, Wise Shopping (Cornell Coop. Extension)
14. Self Esteem/Goal Setting (Step by Step)
15. Volunteers of America Housing and Programs (VOA)
16. Battered Woman (A.B.W.)
17. Job/Education Center ( Rochester Public Library)
* Men’s Issues
The following topics were presented:
1. Cancer Prevention (Cancer Action Inc.)
2. Job/Education Center ( Rochester Public Library)
3. Aids Awareness (AIDS Rochester Inc.)
4. College Education Opportunities ( Monroe Community College)
5. Team Building Workshop (Wayne Carney)
7. Parenting Program
The Health Association offered the EPIC parenting program. The topics include: Parenting Styles and Decision Making, Listening and Responding to children, Character, Conscience and Values, Parent child relationships, Substance Abuse, Self Esteem, and structure and limits.
ROCHESTER CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
INCARCERATED YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Rochester City School District provides three types of programs to those incarcerated under the age of twenty-one. These programs are Adult Basic Education, General Education Diploma Preparation, and instruction to students who will return to their regular school upon release from the facility.
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MONROE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
Woman's Transitional Services
The women's transitional services program is funded by a grant from the New York State Education Department. The project assumes that repeat women offenders often present a different profile and require alternative strategies in response to unique needs. The transition project focuses on the following areas; Employment, training, Substance Abuse rehabilitation, Stable/safe housing, Issues of Family origin and Family Re-unification. Throughout the year, effort was consistently placed on creating working relationships with numerous community agencies.
Incarcerated Youth Transitional Services
Funded by a grant from the State Education Department and the Incarcerated Youth Program, this program provides career counseling referrals to education and training programs and jobs. Staffed by a Job Developer and Case Manager from the Rochester City School District the program serves 16 to 21 year old inmates enrolled in the Incarcerated Youth Program. In addition to a Job Developer and Case Manager a Part-time Life skills/career development instructor has greatly expanded the programs ability to serve the inmate population.
Local Conditional Release
Inmates at Monroe Correctional Facility who have a sentence of more than 90 days and who have served 30 days may apply for local conditional release. If approved inmates are released for a period of one year on probation in lieu of serving the balance of their sentence
Good Time Restoration Review
Each inmate who is sentenced to a loss of Good Time as a result of a rules infraction may apply to the work release operating. Inmates received part or all of their good time back as a result of marked improvement in their behavior, good program involvement and hard work
Vocational Assessment Program
An exciting upgrade was accomplished through the second half of 2005 that significantly increased the offerings to inmates who were interested in employment. The program offered a number of classes, workshops and meetings with a focus on resume writing and other preparatory items for employment. Also offered were a number of engaging activities that would allow inmates to be able to retain employment once it was procured. The program also teaches employment preparation skills to inmates who are interested in the work Release Program, but who have acquired minimal experience in the job marked. Consumer feedback was consistently positive and demonstrated significantly improved job awareness, job searching and job interviewing skills.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office has operated a Work Release Program since 1971. This program provides a select group of sentenced inmates the privilege of daily release to the community for employment, education and training. The program is part of a progressive work program that requires the inmate to work as a trusty within the facility and outside of the facility in the Office of Sheriff's supervised and unsupervised work program, and ultimately to work release. Carefully screened inmates must qualify by participating in appropriate education or drug and alcohol programs that are deemed necessary. They must also display the proper attitude and deportment while incarcerated. Inmates whose criminal history includes sex offenses, assaultive behavior, weapons charges and escapes are considered high risk and are usually precluded from participating in the program.
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CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY PROGRAM
Background and Need
Common estimates are that over eighty percent of incarcerated persons have severe alcohol or other drug problems. The Monroe Correctional Facility has been operating a progressive and recognized Chemical Dependency Program since 1994. This program has demonstrated success as evidenced by a highly significant reduction in re-arrest rate and recidivism. The program provides intensive exposure to recovery tools to aid in the long-term success of inmates with a history of alcohol and other drug abuse. Highly qualified credentialed counselors provide a tough regimen where inmates examine the problematic emotions, attitudes and behaviors correlated with their chemical addiction. The Chemical Dependency Program at the Correctional Facility is offered to sentenced inmates along with a small select group of technical Parole violators. Outcome studies have identified a significant reduction in recidivism for those in the program. Program participants are rearrested less than half as often as those with similar characteristics, but who were not in the program.
Program Design and Context
The Chemical Dependency Program offers a number of groups and meetings that provide a range of emphases, close to a hundred activities per week are afforded to 160 inmates including
- Group counseling
- Chemical dependency/ Mental health psychoeducation
- Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous & other self help meetings
- Individual counseling and evaluation sessions, and
- Specialty groups including relapse prevention, anger management group, spirituality group, transition group, health awareness group, vocational development group, Veteran’s group or mental health dual diagnosis group
Each inmate participates in an alcohol and drug assessment and works with in-house as well as agency counselors to formulate a treatment plan to guide their activities and identify behaviors and attitudes which must be altered to improve their chances for ultimate success. A post-release plan is developed for each inmate during the course of treatment. This plan typically includes continued treatment at a clinic in the community. Many continue their involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous as well. Housing, vocational development and medication needs are also considered.
During the chemical dependency education sessions, inmates learn about addiction and begin to understand their behavior in the context of negative, harmful and self-destructive patterns. Alternatives are introduced and individuals are encouraged to identify specific plans of action. During group and individual counseling, inmates are shown new ways of behaving, adjusting to stress and setting attainable, positive life goals. They begin to examine, on a personal level, their self-destructive behaviors and the effects of their substance use and related actions on others. This process can only be initiated during the jail stay as it involves turning around long established negative behaviors and attitudes. Counseling staff, therefore, also place a premium on the importance of referrals to community based agencies for support, continued treatment, educational and vocational development and placement and housing where necessary.
Contact Craig Johnson at (585) 753-3080 with any questions or for more information about the programs.