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Inmate Programs

MRT Anger Management

Anger Management is a cognitive-skill program that promotes growth and positive change in their mood development. The program takes approximately 6 months to complete, but there is no set time frame, as the inmate must complete each of their steps.

Moral Reconation Therapy

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a systematic, cognitive-behavioral, step-by-step treatment strategy designed to enhance self-image; promote growth of a positive, productive identity; and facilitate the development of higher stages or moral reasoning. The program takes approximately 6 months to complete, but there is no set time for the program, as the inmate must complete each of the twelve steps before moving on to the next. Some of the early steps are done in a group setting, with the group deciding if the inmate has successfully completed each step.

MRT Mentor

MRT Mentors have completed the MRT program and assist new students in the Moral Reconation Therapy class. During this program, MRT Mentors continue to work on their character development by learning more in depth about will power and self-discipline.

MRT Successful Re-Entry into the Community

MRT Successful Re-Entry into the Community is a cognitive-behavioral program designed to impact the participants' thinking and behavior. Participants in this program may benefit from an educational program for job readiness. The facilitator will lead discussions and keep it orientated to work, careers, and the issues the exercises focus upon. The program takes approximately 6 months to complete, but there is no set time frame, as the inmate must complete each of their steps.

Portal New Directions

New Directions is a re-entry program to help inmates with the barriers they may be facing once released. These barriers may include money management, employment, parenting, housing, supervision, etc.

Inside-Out Dads

This program is to help incarcerated fathers to become better dads while on the inside, and for when they are released. It helps the fathers who will be released to continue their growth as dads when they are on the outside.

In 2 Work

This program is designed to provide hands-on training that consists of three phases - kitchen basics, retail basics, and Serv-Safe certification, which is highly regarded in the food service industry. The program is available to inmates assigned to the food service area. Basic reading and writing skills are taught.

Horticulture Program

Horticulture is a 10 month Good-Time eligible program based on the curriculum of the National Occupational Career Testing Institute, or NOCTI. The program is divided into two portions Horticulture/Landscaping and Workplace Readiness. A student must be within 24 months to Parole Board, or Serve Out, have 6 months clear conduct, must provide proof of a GED or High School Diploma, must possess a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and score a 9.0 on the TABE test to be eligible for this program.

AODA (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. The criteria for participation are a documented substance abuse problem, willingness to admit such, and participation.


This program is based on the 12-step principle to promote personal recovery from substance abuse and to prevent relapse. The program is open to any inmate, but specifically geared toward those with alcohol/narcotic addictions whose lives have become powerless due to alcoholism or narcotics.

Knox-Whitley Humane Association (K.W.A.S.) Second Chance Paws

Knox-Whitley Humane Association from Corbin, KY, is very proud to announce their affiliation with Bell County Forestry Camp in creating the second chance paws program. This program is placing a select few dogs from the crowded shelter life with handlers to learn basic socialization and obedience skills so that they will get a second chance at life. The program is an 8 week program. During this time the dogs learn basic obedience skills, how to coexist with many different people and be happy about it, proper leash walking skills, and socialization, all of which are highly adoptable traits. Not only does this program offer such high value knowledge for the dogs, it offers the inmates a chance to learn life skills, and what second chances are truly about.

Water Plant and Waste Water Treatment Plant Operators

Inmates working in the Water Plant or Waste Water Treatment Plants for 1 year qualify to test for Class I Operators license. After 2 years, they may test again for Class II license. It is often very difficult for an ex-offender to gain employment. There is a very high demand in these areas across the nation for operators and inmates that have acquired their licenses have been able to retain gainful employment

S.T.E.P.-UP Program

S.T.E.P.-UP (Student/Teen Education Program) is a program to educate children to make right choices. Since S.T.E.P.-UP began in February 2000, schools in the surrounding counties have requested this team that includes 1 Correctional Officer and 4 inmates to speak to their students from grades 5 through 12.

G.E.D./Academic School

BCFC offers opportunities for our inmates to further their education by pursuing their G.E.D. These classes are held five days a week in the academic school. One session is held in the morning and one in the afternoon. The education program is open entry and open exit, meaning that students may enter and leave the program at any time. New students are tested to find their strengths and weaknesses and then are able to progress at their own pace toward their final goal. The students study the five basic fields of the G.E.D. test: Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics.