The Chatham County Sheriff's Department Inmate Programs area gives inmates the opportunity to address those issues that may have contributed to their criminal behavior and subsequent incarceration.
While incarcerated, eligible inmates have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of therapeutic, educational and literacy programs. These programs are administered by contracted service providers and volunteers.
The Programs Area also facilitates law library sessions for the inmates, provides a book cart service for reading materials, and maintains barbering supplies and services for the inmates. This area is overseen by the Programs Manager and her staff which includes two Programs Coordinators and six interns.
Because we have partnered with various community agencies, continuing treatment and educational opportunities are available for inmates who are released.
The Chatham County Sheriff's Department Work Release Program was established November of 2007 under the direction of the late Sheriff Al St. Lawrence as an Operational Division. The principle mission of the Work Release Program is to provide an environment where participants learn to accept responsibility and to engage in meaningful lawful employment.
Qualifications for the Work Release Program:
Requirements when accepted into the program:
Sheriff John T. Wilcher and the Chatham County Sheriff's Department Staff are dedicated and committed to the community. We are also committed to building relationships with employers.
The Work Release Program is one out of many programs offered to Detainees that promote discipline, growth, education, and responsibility. We are excited about this valuable program that benefits families and the community.
The Basic Life Skills Program offers a variety of skills to inmates that will help them to become productive citizens once released back into the community.
The areas of focus are:
HDH Addiction Services is a Substance Abuse Program that assists with pre-trail and post-trail chemically dependent detainees in developing the skills necessary to lead a chemical free life. We offer a 28 day drug and alcohol program for males and females inside the Chatham County Jail.
During the program our clients receive:
Once clients complete our program they would have gained hope, the necessary recovery skills, parenting skills, and other life improvement skills that will reduce relapse and recidivism.
Hope is here! You've got to Grab it!!!!
The Chatham County Health Department offers the male and female population the opportunity to attend HIV/STD risk reduction education classes. Participation in this program is on voluntary basis. All individuals that participate in the class are eligible for a free HIV test.
The Chatham County Detention Center offers detainees the opportunity to acquire a General Educational Development certificate through G.E.T. Skills, a local educational program vendor. This program is available for both female and male detainees. The preparatory portion of the GED program is customized for each participant based upon their educational needs and their ability to progress. Instructors are available to guide this process to a successful outcome for each participant.
Upon successful completion of this program, participants are afforded the opportunity to sit for the GED examinations. Savannah Technical College GED Testing Services hold exams at the detention center four times each year. Participation in the GED program is on a space-available basis with an active waiting list. The program conducts a recognition ceremony for all who successfully pass exams. The detainees are encouraged to continue their education by the State of Georgia, which awards a $500 Hope Scholarship for books and tuition with each GED certificate.
The GED is widely recognized by colleges, universities, training schools, the military, and employers as equivalent to a high school diploma. GED graduates make an average of $385,000 more in their lifetime than people without the GED or without a high school diploma. The greatest benefit from the GED can come to those who use it as a springboard to additional education and training. Particularly important to inmates wanting to break the cycle of crime and incarceration are the additional positive life-choice options the GED presents. This is equally true for the community in general.