The first month begins with Basic Skills classes, like anger management and communications. The program then moves up to basic and advanced job skills training. The classes are open to medium or lower ranked inmates, male and female (separate classes).
Inmates who graduate from this program are demonstrating a remarkably low "return rate".
The Volunteer Program is coordinated by the Chaplain. We have volunteers from Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, community social services programs as well as various religious organizations.
Through a collaborated effort with Alachua County School Board's Loften High School, this program enables general population and juvenile inmates to improve reading, mathematics, and language skills. All new students are tested, using the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education). GED preparation is provided for students who test at or above the ninth grade level. Inmates who do not have a high school diploma and inmates with a diploma who test below a ninth grade level in one or more of the three subject areas (reading, writing, and mathematics) are eligible to attend class.
The Library in the Alachua County Sheriff's Office Department of the Jail is an actual branch of the County Library System. The circulation has been very high, with over a hundred thousand checkouts for this year.