Inmate Programs

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The Eau Claire County Jail currently offers a variety of programs, which are designed to help inmates develop the necessary life skills to become more productive members of society upon their return to the community. Since the programming is voluntary and behavior based, it assists jail staff by keeping the offenders focused on making a positive change both in their behavior and their future.

Program Director, Nathan Charbonneau, is responsible for scheduling and supervising the programs and services that take place in the facility. Jail Sergeant, Phil Field, is the supervisor of the Volunteer program in the jail. The following is a current list of programs offered in the Eau Claire County Jail:

Positive Parenting – 1 day per week for 6 weeks

For parents or those who may become a parent. Learn about child development, positive discipline, effective communication, co-parenting, and more. If attendance, participation, and legal requirements are met, instructor will send a video-recording of you reading a book to your child. Up to 10 participants.

Financial Literacy – 1 day per week for 4 weeks

Learn about saving money, keeping a budget, paying off debt, balancing a checkbook, and a variety of other money issues. You must attend and participate in all 4 classes to get a certificate. Up to 8 participants.

Anger Management – 1 day per week for 8 weeks

Learn what anger is, what leads to anger, how to avoid unnecessary confrontation, how to handle anger better, how to keep out of fights, and how to control your response. Attendance, participation, and homework completion are required to continue the program and get a certificate. Up to 10 participants.

Change Readiness - 5 sessions

Pre-CGIP group designed  to assess and encourage motivation to change.  You must attend and participate in all 5 sessions to earn a certificate.

Thinking For a Change (CGIP) - 24 sessions

Evidence based Cognitive Intervention Program.  You must attend and participate in all 24 sessions to earn a certificate.

Coping Skills - 6 sessions

Focuses on healthy coping skills.  You must attend and participate in all 6 sessions to earn a certificate.

Healthy Living - 5 sessions

Understand stress, how personal care is linked to health and self-esteem.  You must attend and participate in all 5 sessions to earn a certificate.

Healthy Relationships - 8 sessions

Focuses on what healthy relationships look like and how to create them.  You must attend and participate in all 8 sessions to earn a certificate.

Stop and Think - 1 night per week for 10 weeks (summer session 2 nights per week for 5 weeks)

This is a cognitive behavioral therapy course focusing on faulty thinking patterns that cause counter-productive or negative behaviors and emotions.  This program focuses on changing an individual's thoughts in order to change his or her behavior and emotional state.  If interested in this program, interviews will be conducted to determine final participants.  Preference will be given to inmates based on ability to complete the course, release date, and need based on the COMPAS and individual assessment.  Attendance, participation, and homework completion are required to continue in the program and earn a certificate.  Up to 13 participants.

GED/Education Program – 4 days per week, ongoing

Teachers and/or tutors will work with you individually to meet your goals. This class can help with reading/writing/math skills, working on a GED or HSED, preparing for school upon release. We do not work on college material or computer skills. Assessments will be completed so we can start wherever you are at. When there is a wait list, preference will be given to those who need GED or HSED or who have highest need. Up to 8 participants.

McKinley Charter School

For inmates under 21 who do not have a GED, Beth meets 1 on 1 throughout the week for tutoring sessions.

HIV Prevention with Optional Testing – 1 day per month on rotating basis

A facilitator from the AIDS Resource Center will give a presentation on HIV Prevention and will offer optional testing. Testing will occur on site at the jail and results will be given privately, with further resources if necessary. This presentation will rotate to different blocks each month.

Hope Gospel Mission - 1 day per month on rotating basis

A facilitator from Hope Gospel Mission will give a presentation on services and answers any questions from participants.  This presentation will rotate to different blocks each month.

Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Prevention Education – April & October

UW-Stout students facilitate presentations on Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention for Male and Female groups. Participants do not have to be a victim of domestic abuse or sexual assault to attend. This is not a therapy group. This is an information presentation about prevention.

Women’s Issues – 1 day per week, ongoing

Facilitators from the Family Support Center address issues specific to females in an open group session.

AA Meetings – 1 night per month for females, 1 night per week for males (rotating)

AA volunteers offer an open meeting for inmates. Male meetings are offered on a rotating basis per block.

Jail Ministry –

One on Ones, Bible Study, Church, Anger Management/Music Therapy, Grief Care