Other Inmate Programs:



Literature Program
The basis for the literature class is to expose inmates to various types of multicultural literature and short stories. The intent is to immerse the participants in the stories through in-depth discussions providing the ability to empathize with others.

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Parenting with Dignity:
The Parenting With Dignity curriculum presents effective techniques for raising responsible, independent children. PWD teaches parents and caregivers to rethink their approach to discipline, punishment and empowerment. PWD advocates permitting children make some of their own decisions, and to experience the consequences early on, so that they can act responsibly when alone, and become more independent when they grow older. Fundamental to the Parenting with Dignity curriculum is a focus on developing parenting skills that help to address many of the child abuse causes perpetrated by inexperienced and unprepared parents.

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Therapeutic Music Program:

In the BCSO Therapeutic Music Program, inmates learn the fundamentals of singing and performing in a choir.The goal of the Therapeutic Music Program is to provide inmates with an alternative for destructive behavior. Inmates learn to channel their energy in a positive way and express themselves through music...

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NEADS Program:

NEADS (Dogs For Deaf and Disabled Americans), is a non-profit organization which was established in 1976 to help veterans and individuals living with disabilities. These assistance dogs help to bring a sense of security and independence to their disabled partners. Since 1976, Neads has trained over a thousand canine assistance dog teams...

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Garden Program:

Peace and tranquility can be found in a garden, even one within prison walls.  A small courtyard within the wire fence of the Women’s Center at the Dartmouth House of Correction now has a vibrant perennial garden that bring smiles to the faces of the women that have had the opportunity to voluntarily participate in the creation and maintenance of the garden.

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Storybook Program:

The Bristol County Sheriff’s Office "Storybook" Program began in 1999, and continues to encourage reading for inmate's and their families. The program is designed to provide children of those incarcerated the gift of a book and the voice of their parent reading to them. In this program, an inmate will read a children's book, and a recording is created of the inmates voice. The recording, along with the original book is sent to the inmate's child. The "Storybook" Program encourages reading for both the incarcerated and their children.

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Money Management
Budgeting is a strategy for making sure we make conscious spending choices, ensuring that our money goes where we want. To do this, we need to identify the underlying values and factors that affect our spending. The process of defferentiating between wants and needs is, for many participants, one of the most powerful parts of the entire economic empowerment series. Tracking spending and identifying savings goals is an important part of the module as well as the development of the spending plan.

HIV/Aids Education and Support
Education, awareness, support, testing and reentry planning are available.
Peer Education Presenter Training - Staff trains inmates to become peer educators.
Peer Education Orientation Class - HIV orientation session presented by inmates.
Hiv Support Groups - open discussion groups focusing on medical problems, fears, anger and coping with HIV/AIDS during incarceration.

Self Esteem Group Exercises
Add various components together so that the self esteem resembles a collage. Those beliefs and images that are most important to our identity and sense of self worth (examples: i am a person, i am incompetent/competent, will be placed in the center of the collage and constitute core of self concept. Those beliefs and images that are less important to our identity and sense of self worth will be placed on the outer areas of the construction paper.

Living and Learning
The objective of this class is empowerment through self-expression. Class discussions and assignment are designed to enable, encourage and challenge participants to think, to formulate, organize and express thoughts and ideas orally and in writing. The ability to express oneself is empowering.

Basic Life Skills Program
These groups are psycho/educational intended to encompass all facets for improving life and vocational skills. The goal is to increase personal self-esteem: a heightened understanding of real self-esteem as a product of achievement; and, to provide specific tools for success in life and motivation to use those tools. The purpose is to nurture a positive mental attitude, peak performance, motivation, success, positive self-image, efficiency and personal effectiveness (qualities needed to successfully deal with everyday life situations at home, on the job, at church and with family, children and society).




Bristol County Sheriff's Office Address: 400 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: 508.995.6400 Web: www.bcso-ma.us