Fathers who reconnect with their families while incarcerated have a 50% less chance of returning to jail. We created the Fatherhood dorm to teach men how to be better parents and to accept responsibility for their children’s futures. Civic, governmental and faith community leaders teach the men how to be good fathers and role models. The Columbus Library’s Children’s Department teaches the men how to teach their children to read. Our goal is for the men to not return and their children break the generational cycle of incarceration.
Who more than Veterans of America's Armed Forces deserve a second chance at life. We opened the Veterans dorm in the jail to focus on the issues that Vets experience. PTSD and substance abuse are the main reasons we see Vets coming to jail. We offer programming to address these challenges and resources to assist them when they get released to successfully transition back into the community.
Inmate programs in the Muscogee County Jail are focused on providing the inmate necessary tools to successfully reintegrate back into the community once they are released. The Muscogee County Jail partners with many community organizations to provide a variety of education and life-skills programs in the jail.
Data indicates that jail programs decrease incidents of inmate on inmate and inmate on staff violence. Providing inmate programs is a tool for the jail staff to use to decrease inmate conflict and violence within the jail, because inmate participation is only approved for those with good behavior history. Programs within the Muscogee County Jail are available for most inmates, however priority is generally given to those who will be released back into our local community. The following programs are currently available at the Muscogee County Jail:
- Life Skills I – Conflict Resolution
- Life Skills II – Social Adaptation
- Alcohol and Drug Program Rehabilitation
- GED Program
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- 12-Step Recovery (Faith Based)
- Peer-to-Peer Mental Health
- Reentry Counseling
The Muscogee County Jail is also fortunate to have a full-time Chaplain on staff. Our Chaplain visits with inmates of all faiths and coordinates a substantial number of faith-based volunteers. Since it's inception, our Chaplain Program has greatly reduced tension and conflict within the facility. Our Chaplain is supported by the contributions of many local congregations to whom we are eternally grateful.