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 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 multi-purpose room during the day. These meetings are conducted by CTO’s.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)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. NA’s primary purpose is each to stay sober and help other addicts to achieve sobriety. This group meets bi-weekly in the Academic Wing on Monday nights. These meetings are conducted by outside volunteers.
MRT/Anger Management (Coping with Anger)This is an evidence-based program derived from the Moral Reconation Therapy concept. It focuses on managing feelings and behaviors accompanying anger. It consists of eight modules that include anger as a destroyer, how anger occurs, choosing new behaviors (3 sections), anger, violence and abuse, frustrations and commitment to change. The program runs for 24 weeks and participants who successfully complete it are eligible to receive 90 days of good time. It is conducted by a contract moderator on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (2 different times available). This program is also offered at a different time on Thursdays for our Pre-Release Dorm.
MRT Relapse PreventionThis program is designed to help an individual identify thinking patterns that are skewed and require some restructuring to pull the client out of their current situation. It combines education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises designed to foster moral development. Moreover, the program is designed to help clients identify how and why previous attempts to full recovery have not worked while assisting in identifying the sobriety path for a more successful tomorrow. Participants who successfully complete this are eligible to receive 90 days of good time. This program is conducted by a contract moderator on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Design for LivingDesign for Living is a program for educating inmates who are substance abusers. 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 Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon. In addition, Design for Living is offered on Monday’s at 4:30 p.m. in the Minimum Security Unit (on a rotating basis with the Pulling Punches and Life Without a Crutch programs). These programs are conducted by CTO’s.
IN2WORK This program is taught by our Aramark Food Service Administrator. It is designed to provide hands on training that consists of three phases - kitchen basics, retail basics and certification. This program takes (20) twenty to (22) twenty two weeks to complete. All graduates receive a food service certificate of training that is highly regarded in the food service industry. The program is offered on Wednesday afternoon. Inmates who successfully complete the program also receive an award of 90 days of goodtime credit.
Inside Out DadInside Out Dad is an evidence-based program designed to connect incarcerated fathers to their families and prepare them for release. This program was designed by the National Fatherhood Initiative in Germantown, MD and is offered in prisons across the country. The program runs for 24 weeks and participants who complete the program will be eligible to receive 90 days of good time credit. This program is offered on Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon and is conducted by a CTO. This program is also offered later on Tuesday afternoon for our Pre-Release Dorm.
Life Without a CrutchThis 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. This program meets on Tuesday mornings for approximately 8 weeks. It is also offered at the Minimum Security Unit on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. (on a rotating basis with the Pulling Punches and Design For Living programs). The criteria for participation are any addiction problem, willingness to admit such, and participation. The programs are conducted by CTO’s.
MRT Successful Reentry into the CommunityThis program is aimed at clients who have 6 months to a year prior to being released from the institution and who will be re-entering the realms of their old community. The purpose of treatment is to further decrease the number of cases/clients that return into the system by providing them with the tools necessary to not engage in relapse. A progressive treatment approach includes four curriculums, to include: Family Support (financial obligation to family that has been neglected due to absence from their lives), Filling the Inner Void (general and specific concepts on material possessions-why people have so many materialistic needs), Untangling Relationships (co-dependency: teaching clients not to be co-dependent but rather independent), Job Readiness (post conversion into a dependent, defining those lines in terms of financial security and being independent). The treatment strategy utilized encompasses multi-directional approaches weekly in which clients receive education, support, skills/tools, security and safety, ability to plan/work on a realistic/measurable/attainable maser goal plan for when they exit the institution and re-join the community. Its purpose is to train the individual to recognize what tools to utilize in what situation in order to become and remain successful in the transformation/transition. Participants who successfully complete it are eligible for 90 days good time credit. This program is conducted by different contract moderators and is offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays (2 different times available), Thursdays, and Fridays.
This is an evidence-based program that is designed to alter how the offender thinks, how they make judgments and decisions about the right and wrong thing to do in critical situations and to promote actions and behaviors focused on changing negative relationships. The program is conducted as a group session that is broken down into 16 steps with each inmate progressing at their own pace. It is conducted by a contract moderator 24 weeks on Tuesdays (2 different times available), Thursdays, and Fridays. It is also taught at our Minimum Unit and in our Pre-Release Dorm. Inmates who successfully complete the program will be eligible to receive a 90 day goodtime credit.
Moral Reconation Therapy
Portal New DirectionThis is a promising practice program with a focus on the reentry of the offender into society. It is open to inmates that are eighteen to twenty four months from parole eligibility or 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 offender’s family, housing, employment, education, aftercare treatment, positive mentors and other identified areas that typically impact the probability of recidivism. The program is conducted each Monday afternoon for 12 weeks by the Re-entry Coordinator. Inmates who successfully complete the program will be eligible to receive a 90 day goodtime credit.
PathfindersThis is an evidence-based cognitive behavior program that focus’ on team building, communication, stress management, anger management, problem solving, values, motivation, time management and life planning. There are two programs, each running for 24 weeks, Monday thru Thursday each week. Individuals who complete the program are eligible to receive 90 days of good time credit. It is conducted by an individual contracted to facilitate the program.
Pulling PunchesThis is an anger management program designed so that participants learn how to express anger in a constructive way that benefits them and others, rather than hurting themselves or others around them. It teaches the participant to build awareness of anger problems, acquire skills to control it and do long term work to reduce “built up” anger. This program lasts for 4 weeks and is conducted by CTO’s on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Relationship and Financial PeaceThis program is offered in three parts, 24/7 Dads, Job Coaching, and Relationship and Financial Peace. The relationship section concentrates on tools to build stronger relationships in a safe, healthy way. The financial peace portion is based on a secular version of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace program and teaches life skills, such as saving money, balancing a checkbook, avoiding dangers of debt, dealing with creditors, etc. These are combined into one part. 24/7 Dads focuses on fathering skills. The Job Coaching section focuses on jobs and careers. This program is offered each Monday afternoon at 2 different times and it is also offered in our Minimum Security Unit. It is presented by Gateway Community Action as part of a federally funded community program.
MRT Untangling RelationshipsThis program is comprised of Interactive Journaling and MRT modalities to produce a high intensity program for clients who struggle with co-dependent relationships. Its goal is to solve addictive relationships (co-dependent relationships) that produce severe problems and anxiety for individuals. This program helps clients identify what relationships are supposed to look like and assess their current closest involvements to determine the changes that are needed in order to pull out of something unhealthy and transfer their energy and efforts in fixing their individual error thinking. The program focuses on Co-Dependent relationships and on rational thinking through Motivational interviewing, Journaling and Cognitive Behavioral Techniques. Participants who successfully complete it are eligible for 90 days good time credit. This program is offered for 2 hours on Wednesday mornings and is conducted by a contract moderator.
IJ Forward ThinkingThis program is an Interactive Journaling approach to treatment. It has been specifically developed by The Change Companies in collaboration with the California CDCR-DJJ to target the population of 18-25 high-risk offenders. Moreover, the program is derived from 7 different curriculums to include: What got me here, Responsible Behavior, victim Awareness (working on the individuals that they victimized), Relationships and communication, Family, Substance Abuse and Individual Planning. Each curriculum will be facilitated in a process, open ended group format with lots of homework as assignments. Participants who successfully complete it are eligible for 90 days good time credit. It is conducted for 2 hours on Wednesdays by a contracted moderator.
MRT MentoringThe MRT Mentoring program was designed to ensure a higher success rate for those who complete MRT programs (maintenance) and those that are treatment resistant (help those who are new to MRT), as well as, to change the culture of those who surround us (modeling positive change). Participants must have completed the MRT program prior and those who successfully complete the Mentoring are eligible for 90 more days of good time credit. This program is conducted by the contracted moderator for MRT, at the time of our MRT programs.
This program is aimed toward father figures (i.e.: big brothers, grandparents, step-parents). It utilizes two curriculums to teach the client the parenting of a mother, father, and parent (note that all of these are different roles). Upon completion of the Parenting and Family Values curriculum, clients then tackles the curriculum of Family Support: Responsibly Fulfilling a Life’s Obligation which covers beliefs and values encompassing the long-term benefit and care of their children. Moreover, the curriculum takes a good look at financial obligations (money management) to care for a child/loved one, how to create a financial budget to be able to meet the demands/needs of a child, evaluating what a good father is, how changes effect children and making the best effort to have a good relationship with the child’s mother, coping with anger and reality, future possibilities with children, evaluating lifestyle and making decisions for the future. Participants who successfully complete this program are eligible for 90 days good time credit. This program is conducted by a contract moderator at our Minimum Security Unit on Thursday evenings.
MRT Parenting for Men
MRT Trauma for MenThis program focuses on providing tools to cope with some things from the past/present and move forward in a way that does not keep you restricted and in chains anymore. The program follows Trauma Informed Are. It encompasses 8 modules and a Journal that assist you in identifying things that may have an effect on your everyday life. The program will then teach you coping mechanisms and strategies while encouraging life-changing planning to be made. This program is moderated on Fridays (2 hour sessions & 1 hour sessions) by a contract moderator. Participants who successfully complete this program are eligible for 90 days good time credit.
Programs Moderated by Chapel Volunteers:
Experiencing God Study & Mind of ChristThese 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 United Churches of Winchester in Winchester, Kentucky.
Explore the BibleChristian fellowship, prayer and verse-by-verse in depth Bible study. This program is designed as a program for inmates to learn about various books within the bible. It runs for approximately 13 weeks. This program is conducted by United Churches of Winchester in Winchester, Kentucky.
This study is a 26 Week study of spiritual principles leading to a certificate from the 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 United Churches of Winchester in Winchester, Kentucky in both English and Spanish versions.
The Malachi Dads Program consists of a specific bible-based curriculum, out of class study in the Book of Romans, scripture memorization and consistent letter writing to their children. It is a 1 year curriculum, followed by a ”diploma,” and “graduation”. The men then become Malachi Dads for life.
The Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex (EKCC) in conjunction with the Council on Post-Secondary Education (CPE), Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE), and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) oversees the educational programming at the facility. There are three separate educational curriculums available to the inmate population at EKCC, they are; Adult Basic Education (GED), Occupational/Technical (vocational) and College Transfer programs.
Adult Basic Education offers a High School Equivalency Diploma (GED) along with 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 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the main facility’s Academic Wing and are open to all qualifying general population students. In addition to these day classes, for three evenings a week, classes are offered from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the main facility for qualified students who hold a day job and cannot attend school during the day. The Minimum Security Unit, located outside the main facility, offers classes in two-hour sessions three evenings per week.
Our Occupational/Technical Programming offers Carpentry, Heating & Air Conditioning Technology (pending), Masonry, Small Engine Repair, and Microsoft Office IC3 (pending). Nationally recognized certificates are available for successful completion of each program. With the exception of Microsoft IC3, these programs are offered Monday through Friday from 8:15 to 2:30 in the Vocational Wing of the main facility. Microsoft IC3 (pending) will be held in the Academic Wing on Monday - Thursday during the school day.
The College Transfer program operates on the traditional semester basis and offers Associate in Arts (AA) and an Associate in Science (AS) degrees from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). These courses are offered during evening hours 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday so that the general population inmates housed in the main facility have the opportunity to participate.