The Programs Department is responsible for implementing and maintaining inmate programs designed to assist inmates in becoming productive citizens upon their return to society. To this end the following programs are available to qualifying inmates:
Programs Moderated by EKCC Programs Staff:
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA)
Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism/drug addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking/using. AA’s primary purpose is each to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Two groups meet weekly in the small chapel room during the day and a monthly evening speaker meeting involving both groups is held in the Visiting Room. These meetings are conducted by CTO’s and the Program Director.
CAGE YOUR RAGE
This program deals with anger management through the use of workbooks and videos. The videos include dramatized scenes to stimulate discussion and demonstrate anger management techniques. The workbook helps offenders who have difficulty dealing with anger to examine what anger is, explain its causes and offer ways of managing it. This program is approximately 6 weeks in length.
EKCC offers this program on Monday mornings and on Tuesday evenings. In addition, Cage Your Rage is offered on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. in the Minimum Security Unit (on a rotating basis with the Design for Living and Life Without a Crutch programs). These programs are conducted by CTO’s.
CORRECTIVE ACTION PROGRAM
This program focuses on how the “con game” may be at the core of an individuals faulty beliefs and behaviors. It guides individuals toward self-responsibility and positive life change. This program is approximately 8 weeks in length and is offered on Friday mornings. It is conducted by a CTO.
DESIGN FOR LIVING
A Design for Living is a program for educating inmates who are substance abusers. The information in this curriculum is based on Alcoholics Anonymous, and their book commonly known as “The Big Book.”
The program involves only the education component and covers the history of mood altering chemicals, how they have been regarded in society, and how they affect people. Inmates also learn the relationship between chemical use and AIDS, pregnancy, physical abuse, childhood sexual abuse and criminal behavior. This program runs for 12 weeks and is offered on Friday afternoon and also on Monday evening. In addition, Design for Living is offered on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. in the Minimum Security Unit (on a rotating basis with the Cage Your Rage and Life Without a Crutch programs). These programs are conducted by CTO’s.
LIFE WITHOUT A CRUTCH
This program is an introduction to recovery from addiction. It describes what addiction is, its causes and effects, the rewards of overcoming it and ideas on how to begin. The program is used in a group counseling type setting and group participation is mandatory. We have 2 groups that meet on Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon for approximately 10 weeks. It is also offered at the Minimum Security Unit on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. (on a rotating basis with the Cage Your Rage and Design For Living programs). The programs are conducted by CTO’s. The criteria for participation are a documented substance abuse problem, willingness to admit such, and participation.
LIFE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
This program is designed to help the inmate improve their lives by effectively dealing with everyday challenges such as problem solving, banking, housing, self control and goal setting. Life Skills will introduce the inmate to various activities that will assist them with their re-entry into society and help with reducing recidivism in the prison system. The program runs for approximately 12 weeks on Tuesday mornings. It is conducted by a CTO.
PRISON TO THE STREETS (PRE-RELEASE)
This program is open to inmates that are six months to one year prior to release. The offender goes through a risk and needs assessment process to determine what is necessary for a successful community reintegration. The program address the ex-offender’s family, housing, employment, education, aftercare treatment, positive mentors and other identified areas that typically impact the probability of recidivism. This program is conducted each month for 10 days by the Pre-Release Coordinator, Parole Officer and Psychologists.
PRISON TO PAYCHECK
This program is open to inmates that are six months to one year prior to their release and have completed the Prison To The Streets program. The program focuses on introducing the inmate to skills that are needed to obtain employment once they are released. These include learning how to complete a job application, prepare a resume and cover letter, learning interviewing techniques and participating in a face-to-face interview. The program runs for 5 weeks and is conducted by a CTO.
Programs moderated by Chapel Staff/Volunteers:
ACTS DRUG PROGRAM
The Alcohol/Chemical Treatment Series (ACTS) Program is taught by volunteers from the United Pentecostal Church. Information shared during the 13 week program centers on how addiction affects the body, the chemical composition of the drug, and how the inmate can stay clear of drugs once the addiction is broken.
ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASS
Dr. Leonard Knight of Kentucky Christian University developed this class especially for EKCC. Participants learn what their various sources of anger are, to stop their anger before it starts, the connection between violence and anger, and the effects of substance abuse on anger and how to learn to live at peace with others. The program is offered each fall and spring.
Dr. Leonard Knight of Kentucky Christian University developed this class for EKCC after he and his wife spent their summer sabbatical researching the subject. Creative Justice is a new approach to the subject of Criminal Justice. In addition, the inmates in the group write, develop and act in their own play to display what they have learned.
DIVORCE RECOVERY WORKSHOP
This 13-week Christ centered program utilizes the same format as Grief Share to allow the individual to deal with the different aspects of divorcing with the goal of developing healthier relationships in the future. The Chaplain conducts this workshop.
EXPERIENCING GOD STUDY & MIND OF CHRIST
These two programs are 13-week studies and are offered 3 times each year. They also are studies of spiritual principles leading to a certificate from the Sunday school Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. This program is conducted by Central Baptist Church in Winchester, Kentucky.
This program explains the basic steps to financial success and happiness; saving, investing, giving, credit card debt, interest fees and proper attitude toward money. This program is offered to the general population inmates and in the Minimum Security Unit. This program runs for approximately 8 weeks. This program is conducted by Central Baptist Church in Winchester, Kentucky.
This 13-week Christ centered program offers support to individuals who have experienced a major loss in their life – usually through the death of a loved one. The sessions utilize workbooks, videotapes, and support groups to assist the individual in dealing with grief. The Chaplain conducts this program.
RELATIONSHIPS WORTH IMPROVING
This is a 10-hour course on the basics of healthy relationships. This program is conducted by volunteers from the United Pentecostal Church.
MAKING PEACE WITH YOUR PAST
This 13-week program is for individuals who have a desire to grow as an individual and to learn from past failures and pain. Inmates complete workbooks and must complete this program to be eligible for the next segment of study – Moving Beyond Your Past. This program is conducted by Central Baptist Church in Winchester, Kentucky.
This study is a 26 Week study of spiritual principles leading to a certificate from 1the Sunday school Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. This program is offered each fall and includes workbooks, memorization, and presentations. This program is conducted by Central Baptist Church in Winchester, Kentucky.
PARENTING FOR PREVENTION
This 3-week program is taught by staff of Alert Regional Prevention Center from Ashland, Kentucky. The aim is to equip parents to take the lead in preventing their kids from getting involved with alcohol and other drugs. Some of the basic points provided are (1) Foundations for Teaching Life Skills, (2) Teaching Life Skills to Our Kids, (3) Parental Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs and (4) The Recovering Parent. This program is offered at least twice a year.
PRIME FOR LIFE
This is a 6-hour drug interdiction program usually attached to the Parenting for Prevention Program. The program is taught by staff of Alert Regional Prevention Center from Ashland, Kentucky.
PRISON FELLOWSHIP SEMINARS
This program consists of close encounter weekends between inmates and volunteers. It involves sharing and study in the preparation for life on the streets.
RESIDENTS ENCOUNTER CHRIST (REC)
This program consists of a weekend of sharing between inmates and volunteers, usually in small groups. The content is Christ centered and deals with principles of healthy and successful living.
This program is for new Christian Converts. It explains the basic tenets of Christianity, enabling the new convert to begin his spiritual walk in a much stronger way. This program runs for approximately 11 weeks and is conducted by Central Baptist Church in Winchester, Kentucky.
EXPLORE THE BIBLE
Christian fellowship, prayer and verse-by-verse in depth Bible study. This program helps the individual learn about the beginnings of creation and the history of man as they study the book of Genesis. This program runs for approximately 13 weeks. This program is conducted by Central Baptist Church in Winchester, Kentucky.
A 9 week study for new believers. This study will establish the foundations of the individual’s faith in Jesus Christ. This program is conducted by Central Baptist Church in Winchester, Kentucky.
WHEN GOD’S PEOPLE PRAY
An 8 week study that explains why prayer is so important in a person’s life and how through prayer, they can communicate with God. This program is conducted by Central Baptist Church in Winchester, Kentucky.
PROGRAMS MODERATED BY PSYCHOLOGICAL STAFF:
THINKING FOR A CHANGE
This is an integrated, cognitive behavior change program for offenders that include cognitive restructure, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills. This program runs for approximately 12 weeks. Inmates who complete this program will be eligible to receive 90 days of good time credit. This program is conducted by our staff psychologist and a CTO
The Eastern Kentucky Branch Campus (EKBC) in conjunction with the Council on Post Secondary Education (CPE) and Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE) oversees the educational programming at the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex (EKCC). There are three separate educational curriculums available to the inmate population at EKCC they are Adult Basic Education, Occupational/Technical and College Transfer programs.
Adult Basic Education offers a High School Equivalency Diploma (GED), literacy and life skills to students who have not previously earned a traditional high school diploma or GED. These classes are offered Monday through Friday 8:00 to 2:30 in the main facility for all general population students. Classes are offered two nights a week at the main facility from 6:00 to 8:30 for qualifying students who hold a day job and cannot attend school during the day. The Minimum Security Unit, which is located outside the main facility, has classes offered in two-hour sessions three evenings per week.
Our Occupational/Technical Program offers Carpentry, Air Conditioning Technology, Masonry and Small Engine Repair. Diplomas and Certificates are available in each program. Classes are offered Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 3:00 in the Vocational Wing of the main facility.
The College Transfer program operates on a traditional semester basis and offers an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. Courses are offered at night so that general population students housed in the main facility have the opportunity to attend.