Bell County Forestry Camp


To protect the citizens of the Commonwealth and to provide a safe, secure and humane environment for staff and offenders in carrying out the mandates of the legislative and judicial processes; and, to provide opportunities for offenders to acquire skills which facilitate non-criminal behavior.

 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 from to 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.


The Pathfinders program provides a cognitive-skills program that involves team building, problem solving, life management, communication, and stress management. It is a 6 month program and is available to all inmates.

Pathfinder's Mentor:

The Pathfinder's Mentor program continues to build on the cognitive skills learned in Pathfinders. During this program, offenders work on who it is they want to be. They will continue to grow and enjoy the journey toward who it is they want to be, to be the best that they can.

Portal New Direction:

New Directions is a reentry 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 releases 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 introductions 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 twelve-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 theses 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/College Classes:

BCFC offers opportunities for our inmates to further their education by pursuing their G.E.D. Classes are offered for all learning levels, literacy through 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.



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