Green River Correctional Complex


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

In addition to Adult Basic Education, College Programs, and Technical School Programs, efforts to accomplish the task of rehabilitation consist of approximately 20 other inmate programs including:

Alcoholics Anonymous & Narcotics Anonymous 

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.


Anger Management 

Based on the book titled Houses of Healing: A Prisoner’s Guide to Inner Power and Freedom. This class lasts about 12 weeks and covers the following topics: Doing Time, Who Are You Anyway, Anger and Resentment, Grief, Forgiveness, Re-framing One’s Thoughts, Relaxation, Awareness and Meditation, Facing Guilt and the Impact of Crime, and Self-Forgiveness.


Victim Awareness 

This is a 6-week program that helps the perpetrator realize the hurt and pain that the victims suffered and continue to suffer.


Family Reunification 

A 6 week program. It consists of videos and homework that helps the inmate that is leaving prison, make a smooth transition to family life.


Life Skills 

This is a 32-hour course that explores basic skills needed to live in our society.  The main topics studied are budgeting, family planning and parenting, banking, taxes and personal record keeping, investing and credit, transportation, job hunting and resume skills, techniques for keeping a job and effective communication.


Life Without a Crutch 

This is a drug education program based on the book Life Without a Crutch. It is ten weeks in length and explores topics such as Addiction and it’s Effects, Natural Needs - Unnatural Solutions, Why is it Hard to Change, Why Bother, The Road to Recovery, Finding the Right Help, For the Family and Loved Ones, and Taking Action. It is recommended to be taught in a small therapy type setting.



Pathfinders is a 15 week intensive pre-release class that meets three hours per day five days per week. This is a cognitive therapy, educational program.  Participants learn Team Building Skills, Resume Writing, Self Esteem, Drug and Alcohol Addiction/Education, Anger Management, Communication, Problem Solving, Time Management, Motivation, Values, and Life Planning.


Practical Parenting 

This is a 48-hour class that deals with all aspects of parenting that focus on the importance of the fathers in their children’s lives. Guest speakers are brought in from the community and a combination of films; class discussion and lectures make this an effective class. There is also a cooperative effort with the Muhlenberg County Adult Education Center, which provides family oriented educational toys for visits. They also provide tape recorders, tapes and books for children ranging from birth to 18 years of age that the inmate records himself reading and mails it to his children, which helps facilitate attachments.


Prison to the Streets 

This is an extensive 40 hour transition/re-entry program that provides education and community resources that hopefully enable the inmates to exit prison gates and begin new lives with confidence, support, and community connectivity as possible.


Success After Prison 

This is a ten-hour pre-release course that covers expectations, positive outcomes from serving time, responsibility, and tips for staying out.  Inmates participating in this class write essays on various related topics after each class.



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