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Inmate Programs


Academic Programs


RCC works in partnership with Jefferson County Technical College to provide college to allow offenders to work towards achieving their Associates Degree.



Adult Secondary Education (ASE) and GED Preparation. Adult Secondary Education courses prepare students for the General Educational Development (GED) test. The GED test has four subjects: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.



Horticulture is a vocational program provided to minimum custody offenders. The Horticulture Program at Roederer Correctional Complex now offers two phases of vocational education. Phase I consists of  the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Curriculum, NCCER Your Role in the Green Environment, National Career Readiness Certificate, and (2) OSHA 10 Hour Safety Courses (Construction and General Industry).  Phase II consists of the NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) Certification in Horticulture, Landscaping Option.



Microsoft is a vocational program that covers practical applications for Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook along with basic computing and windows. Each component has a test that must be passed along with the IC3 test.




Substance Abuse Program (SAP) 

RCC offers a six-month evidence based substance abuse treatment opportunity for those individuals assessed with Substance Use Disorder and classified to be housed in a minimum custody prison setting. Residents in these programs are housed separately from the prison general population, thereby forming their own community that encourages responsibility and accountability through peer support and uninterrupted focus on substance use treatment.


Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT)

MRT takes the form of group and individual counseling using structured group exercises and prescribed homework assignments. The MRT workbook is structured around 16 objectively defined steps (units) focusing on seven basic treatment issues: confrontation of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors; assessment of current relationships; reinforcement of positive behavior and habits; positive identity formation; enhancement of self-concept; decrease in hedonism and development of frustration tolerance; and development of higher stages of moral reasoning.


MRT Thinking for Good

Thinking for Good aims at the individuals who are currently in the setting of an Assessment Center. The program first looks at confronting antisocial and criminal thinking, in other words, separating oneself from victimization taking action as pertaining to what the next few months or years will look like while incarcerated.


MRT Anger Management

The Coping with Anger curriculum to target the population that has problems identifying with their angry selves and require assistance in doing so. This  8 step program approach targets clients that tend to destroy themselves, their home, their family, their jobs/possessions and health by letting themselves get carried away by something that triggered an adrenaline rush.


MRT Parenting for Fathers

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). The program's mission is to strategically and systematically teach/re-teach parents the role of being "the provider" and what that entails. Moreover, it depicts that family values do not include egocentric decision making, but rather what is best for the child and the family unit.


MRT- Successful Re-entry to the Community

This program is aimed at clients who have 6 month to a year prior to being released from the institution and who will be re-entering the realms of their old community. 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 master 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.


Portal -New Directions

This program is broken into 19 modules with 10 sub categories. The program covers the day-to-day living skills inmates need to be successful on the street. This includes banking, employment search, legal documentation and housing. 


Emergency Medical Technician Program

The Emergency medical technician training program trains potential EMTs to manage urgent care patients as well as in transport to hospitals or other medical facilities. The program is available to those housed in minimum custody. The participants will have an EMT certification test at the conclusion of the course.  Those that pass the course will earn an Emergency Medical Technician certification.


In2Work (N2W)

This program is designed to provide hands-on training that consists of three phases - kitchen basics, retail basics, and servesafe certification, which is highly regarded in the food service industry. The program is available to inmates assigned to the food service area.  Upon completion, the participant receives a SafeServ Certification.


Waste Water Treatment Program

This program covers the operation and maintenance of a one million gallon per day extended aeration plant dealing with raw sewage that is treated with microorganisms. Plant treatment includes daily readings of a variety of different chemical levels and pump and motor readings.  After each year of experience, a Waste Water Exam may be taken in order to obtain a license from the Environmental Protection Agency.


Soft Skills Boot camp

This a nine module/video and two bonus program module/video program. Soft Skills Boot Camp is designed to assist inmates in getting a job upon release and is limited to inmates releasing within 1 year.

The program teaches soft skills - work ready skills such as communication, problem solving, customer service, teamwork, and conflict resolution.


Veterans Club

The Roederer Correctional Complex Veterans Club is a volunteer membership that links civilian /military resources and incarcerated veterans of all branches of military service who have served during times of peace and times of war. The club strives to support veterans by encouraging a broadening of their self-image and by encouraging lifestyle management principles that contribute to success with their incarceration, community, spiritual and emotional needs. 


Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

AA and NA are worldwide fellowships of men and women for whom drugs and alcohol have become a major problem. They are programs of recovery for anyone who has the desire to stop drinking or using drugs. Both programs are spiritual in nature and based on twelve steps and twelve traditions. By following the program of recovery offered in AA and NA, members have found a new way of life and become responsible, productive members of society.


Dog Program- Roederer Correctional Canine Program

The Dog Program places dogs with carefully selected inmate handlers/trainers to be trained in obedience and socialization. This is an intensive program and upon graduation, these dogs are highly adoptable and possess several obedience skills. These dogs are also house-trained, crate-trained, leash-trained, and respond to voice and hand commands. The dogs in this program are trained to become therapy dogs in the community.


Horse Program

The horse program teaches minimum-security offenders a non-restraint method of training where the handler is shown how to gain the horse's respect in early lessons.  Inmates learn the fundamentals of groundwork and riding.  Upon completion, the participant receives a certificate.