The programs and services below are provided with the intention of positively promoting and influencing hygiene, idleness, boredom, non-criminal acts and helping to prepare inmates for lifestyle changes upon release. Some inmates are court ordered to attend certain programs.
- PRISONER PROGRAMS
- Anger Management (Managed/Instructed by Volunteers)
- Parenting (Managed/Instructed by Volunteers)
- AA – Alcoholics Anonymous (Managed/Instructed by Volunteers)
- One-On-One Counseling (Managed/Instructed by Volunteers)
- GED (Managed/Instructed by Volunteers)
The Marion County Adult Education Center provides instruction and materials for a combined GED preparation and adult basic education class. The number of hours per week of instruction will be at their discretion. Prisoners indicating a desire to attend class will be screened before placement in classes.
- A.L.P.H.A. Program (Addicts Learning Positive Healthy Alternatives)
State prisoners are provided the opportunity to participate in self-help substance abuse programs offered within the jail. Those state prisoners who apply for treatment and are accepted by the Division of Mental Health are allowed to participate in the A.L.P.H.A. substance abuse program if space is available.
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- Work Programs
Prisoners are provided opportunities to engage in meaningful work.
- Court Ordered Work Release
Work release privileges will be granted to prisoners by court order. Work release allows prisoners to work outside the perimeter of the jail. This privilege is subject to certain conditions. Violations of conditions will result in termination of the work release privilege. Any infractions of the conditions of work release such as drinking, drugs, or introduction of contraband, which is observed by facility staff will be reported to the courts. If the infraction is a criminal act charges may be filed.
- Community Service Work Program
State prisoners may be provided the opportunity to participate in on-the-job training work programs who meet program requirements. Community service prisoners who are sentenced to community service will perform work assignments coordinated by a designated facility staff person and the appropriate authority within the government. Rules of conduct for work releases also apply to community service workers. Prisoners will be trained and provided with equipment to safely carry out assignments.
- Trustee/Dorm Janitor Work Programs
A prisoner may be assigned the responsibility of providing prisoner services including providing meals. Prisoners who are eligible to participate must be male sentenced prisoners without any pending retainers, capable and willing to perform the work assigned, proven to be obedient to job rules and cooperative with fellow prisoners and staff. Prisoners may be chosen to work on floor service, kitchen service, grounds keeping, or laundry. Females can be selected to be dorm janitors. Prisoners will be trained and provided with equipment to safely carry out assignments.
Un-sentenced prisoners will not be required to work except to do personal housekeeping.
Library services are available to inmates.
The library cart is filled up and passed to all the cells on dayshift according to schedule. If a new arrival comes in and wants to obtain a book requested. Each prisoner will be given the opportunity to make selections and return the books to the cart before other selections can be made. Each prisoner may have as many as two library books at any one time. Isolated prisoners may possess library materials upon approval from a captain or shift supervisor only. Prisoners who destroy books or abuse library privileges may have their library privileges restricted. Books are donated. Inmates can also donate books personally ordered or mail them out.
- Legal Library
Federal law books are provided. These books can be viewed by sending a written request. State law books can be checked out by sending a written request to classification staff.
- Legal Materials
Inmates have access to legal materials. Prisoners may receive legal reference material brought to the facility for his/her use provided it is “softbound” or photocopies and approved by administration. Prisoners not represented by an attorney and requesting legal materials will be referred to the county attorney. All permanently housed prisoners will be provided access to a limited supply of legal reference materials. These materials will be provided by the facility. Legal materials can be requested by written request. Typewriters are not available to prisoners at this facility.
Commissary services are available twice weekly and supervised by staff. Excess funds generated from the operation of the commissary are considered generated revenue and will be accounted for. These funds, less expenses, will be for the sole benefit of the prisoners including, but not limited to recreational or leisure time activities, legal materials, therapeutic, vocational, literacy or educational programs, improvements in living environment or efficiency in classification or processing of prisoners.
- Phone Services
Inmates are provided with access to telephones. Prisoner phone service is provided at this facility by Telmate. Inmates are issued pin numbers upon admission for phone access.
In an effort to assist prisoners in maintaining family ties and continuing relationships with friends, visitation areas and schedules have been designed to help promote informal communications. Some restrictions to visitation are necessary to security.
A grievance mechanism is established to address inmate complaints fairly and reasonably with prompt decisions and actions. The grievance process provides the means for an administrative review of legitimate concerns and issues in order to achieve effective resolutions without reprisal against those inmates who file a grievance. The process includes at least one level of appeal.
- Action Requests
Action requests are also made available to further enhance communications between staff and inmates.
- Mail/Legal Mail
Mail and legal mail is received, distributed and mailed from this facility.
- Access to Courts/Legal Materials
This facility has established procedures which provide ample and confidential access to attorneys and courts through telephone, mail correspondence, and visitation. A prisoner may receive any legal reference material brought to the facility for his/her use provided it is “softbound” or photocopies and approved by administration.
- Foreign Nationals
Foreign nationals have access to the diplomatic representative of their country of citizenship. Upon request, classification staff assist inmates in contacting diplomatic representatives of their country by utilizing telephones, written correspondence through the U.S. Postal Service, or utilizing a completed “Consular Officers Notification of Arrest or Detention form” faxed to the appropriate Consular Office.
- MEDICAL & FOOD SERVICE
- Food Service
Kellwell Food Management services the facility’s meals.
- Medical, Dental, & Mental Health Services
Southern Health Partners ensure inmates receive health, dental and mental health care while incarcerated. Further, no patient is refused health care services due to indigent status or inability to pay an established co-pay charged by the Jail.
- HYGIENE SERVICES
Inmates are allowed to maintain acceptable personal hygiene practices while housed at this facility. Prisoners will have available to them all the necessary supplies and opportunities to maintain their personal hygiene. Indigent prisoners are also furnished supplies needed upon request.
Services are provided to all inmates as scheduled.
- Linen & Uniform Exchange
New intakes are issued uniforms that are properly fitted and suitable for the climate. There are provisions for inmates to exchange uniforms according to a schedule.
- Razor Distribution
Razors are available to all classifications of prisoner for hygiene purposes.
- Fingernail/toenail/hair clippers are available upon request. Prisoners are permitted hairstyles of acceptable length to include beards and mustaches provided they are kept clean. Only for medical reasons and under specific order of the medical authority will prisoners be required to cut their hair or shave their beards.
- RELIGIOUS SERVICES
A prisoner shall be granted the right to practice his religion within limits necessary to maintain institution order and security. Each prisoner shall be afforded an opportunity to participate in religious services and receive religious counseling within the jail. A prisoner shall not be required to attend or participate in religious services or discussions. Written policy and procedure shall ensure the constitutional rights of prisoners to voluntarily practice their own religious activities, subject to those limitations necessary to maintain the order and security of the jail. The volunteer chaplain will prepare a schedule of religious activity monthly and will hold general religious services weekly scheduled at his discretion. Visiting ministers may conduct services at designated times with the chaplain’s approval and Jailer’s consent. Identified ordained ministers will be allowed to visit prisoners daily. All visiting church groups must be approved by the chaplain with the consent of the Jailer and will be subject to all normal security procedures.
Kentucky Administration Regulations for full-service jail facilities reads in subsection 5 of 501 KAR 3:140. Prisoner Rights, the jailer shall ensure each prisoner equal access to programs and services; therefore, it is our policy to provide volunteer rehabilitative programs to the population utilizing community volunteers. One of the conditions of participating in the rehabilitative volunteer programs is that each guest is required to complete the required training and sign the volunteer information form.
Kentucky Administrative Regulations require written policy and procedures that provide all prisoners with the opportunity to participate in at least one (1) hour of physical exercise per day with at least three (3) exercise periods per week outside the cell. There shall be available one (1) hour of outdoor recreation two (2) times per week if weather permits. Prisoners who pose a threat to the safety and security of the jail shall be denied outdoor recreation Inmates at this facility have access to exercise and recreation opportunities. When available, at least one hour daily is outside the cell or outdoors when weather permits. Prisoners who are on disciplinary or administrative segregation may have outside the cell or outside recreation one hour daily. Prisoners who are on disciplinary or administrative segregation may have recreation time eliminated at the discretion of administration provided a hearing is held within seventy-two hours.
- LEISURE TIME ACTIVITIES
Leisure time and recreation programs are scheduled to permit prisoners to participate in board games, arts and crafts, radio and television or other activities designed to relieve idleness and boredom. Activities in which prisoners may engage include:
- Reading - Books are supplied by the facility library.
- Television - One color television with cable hookup will be available for viewing in each cell area.
- Playing Cards - Prisoners are permitted to keep in their possession approved playing cards provided by the commissary.
- Board/Table Games - Prisoners are allowed to keep in their possession approved board games such as checkers and chess sets provided by the commissary.
- Movies – Videos and/or movies are shown in each cell on weekends.