Education Programs provide inmates an opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills and to use their time in a constructive manner. We believe that academic instruction, occupational training and the overall constructive use of your time are worthwhile activities that can help you make a full and productive life for yourself, if you choose to do so.
In order to provide educational services that are pertinent to your needs, the Education Department must first assess your needs. Once interest and academic abilities are determined, staff can recommend the programs that will enable inmates to reach their goal.
Admissions and Orientation
During the Admissions and Orientation (A&O) process, an Education Representative will conduct an interview with you. The purpose of the interview is to assist inmates in the development of realistic educational and recreational goals. Inmates who are in need of a GED certificate will be required to take the Adult Basic Learning Examination (ABLE). Non-English speaking inmates will be required to take the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) Placement Examination.
In fulfilling its function as a learning center, the Education Department offers the following programs:
General Education Development (GED) Advanced Occupational Education
English as a Second Language (ESL) Law and leisure Libraries
Adult Continuing Education (ACE) Release Preparation Program
Correspondence Courses Inter-Library Loan Program
General Education Development (GED)
General Education Development (GED) is mandatory for all designated inmates who do not have proof of a High School Diploma or GED Certificate. Upon passing the official GED Test, inmates will receive a $25.00 incentive award. New Federal guidelines mandate that inmates who fall under VCCLEA sentencing guidelines, and who lack a High School or GED credential, participate in and make satisfactory progress towards obtaining a GED credential to vest earned Good Conduct Time (GCT). Inmates who fall under PRLA guidelines, and who lack a High School credential, must participate in and make satisfactory progress towards obtaining a GED credential in order to be eligible to earn the maximum amount of Good Conduct Time. This does apply to deportable aliens as well.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
English as a Second Language (ESL) is mandatory for designated non-English speaking inmates. The ESL program is designed to teach non-English speaking inmates the English language. Inmates will participate in the ESL program until they can pass the CASAS Examination. Upon completion of this program, inmates will receive a certificate of completion and a $25.00 incentive award. Once these inmates have become proficient in the English language, they will be referred for testing and enrollment in the GED program.