Programs - Education & Life Skills

All inmates are expected to participate in a graduated work program where inmates start out in non-paying facility confined jobs and work their way to paying jobs. The showcase job assignment is to the Jail Industries Program where inmates are paid for creating a product or service for other government agencies or non-profit organizations.

Upon intake each inmate has a needs and risks assessment performed where an inmate is assigned to a program, which best fits, his/her needs.

Programs include:

  • General Education Development (GED)
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Literacy
  • Life Skills
  • Substance Abuse Education

Another component of the programs element is the participation in a community service project. This may include an inmate being a speaker to visiting youth groups or making quilts to be donated to the area's less fortunate.

Education Class

The facility offers an academic education program for inmates who have not obtained their high school diploma. The academic education program consists of Literacy, Adult Basic Education, and G. E. D. classes. Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is administered to inmates who do not have a GED or High School diploma prior to assignment to an education class. The test provides a reliable estimate of an individual's reading, mathematics and language skills. The results of the TABE are used to place the inmate in Literacy, Adult Basic Education or G. E. D. classes.

Inmates participating in the Literacy class may be learning to read the headlines of a newspaper for the first time or to read and complete a job application. Another component of this class is learning to read using the Laubach Method or mastering basic math. This program is an opportunity to overcome the embarrassment of being an adult who cannot read or write.

The Adult Basic Education class takes those inmates who are not ready for G. E. D. testing and continues to develop their skills in the education curriculum.

The General Educational Development class is an intensive program preparing the inmate to take the G. E. D. test. Classes are conducted utilizing the computer lab which enables inmates to progress at their own pace and frees the instructor to work one on one with the inmate in areas of need. G. E. D. testing is conducted monthly on site by the Regional Adult Education Center, Planning District 16, operated by Spotsylvania County Vocational Center. Those inmates acquiring their G. E. D. while at this facility are listed on plaques mounted on the wall in the education area.

Life Skills Class

Life Skills classes operate on the premise that people entering or returning to the penal system may have had little or no opportunity to acquire the necessary tools to establish themselves in society.

Life Skills classes are conducted to assist inmates in such areas as:

  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Goal Setting
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communication Skills
  • Self-Esteem Building
  • Interpersonal Relationship Techniques
  • Values Clarification
  • Health Issues and Concerns
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Resume Preparation Skills
  • Consumer Awareness Skills
  • Money Management
  • Suitable Transportation and Housing
  • Income Tax Information
  • Credit Issues
  • Social Programs and Community Resources
  • Job Interview Skills
  • Personal Finance

Substance Abuse Education Class

The Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) is administered to every inmate entering the Peumansend Creek Regional Jail. The purpose of the inventory is to measure the level of an inmate's chemical dependence. The results are used to enhance the inmate's understanding and acceptance of his personal involvement with the substance abuse class.

Substance Abuse Education classes are conducted for inmates who have experienced chemical addiction problems in the past. The program is designed to educate each participant with respect to the physical, mental and emotional changes associated with drugs and alcohol and to provide a means for breaking the cycle of substance abuse and addiction. The class has a heavy emphasis on the areas of:

  • Physiological Consequences of Chemical Abuse
  • Legal Consequences of Chemical Abuse
  • Dysfunctional Family Issues
  • Recovery Process
  • The 12 Step Process
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Family and Social Dynamics