The goal of Inmate Programs is to provide inmates the chance to address those issues that may have contributed to their criminal behavior and incarceration. While incarcerated, eligible inmates have the opportunity to participate in various programs. Programs are intended to reduce idleness, encourage productivity, and promote a sense of accomplishment.
General Educational Development (GED)
General Educational Development (GED) classes are offered to inmates who have not yet earned their high school diploma. These classes prepare inmates to take the GED test. Classes provide valuable educational information regarding all of the five main topic areas: math, language arts (reading), language arts (writing), social studies and science. All participants must first take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE test). This test informs the GED instructor the areas inmates need to focus on in order to pass the GED test. Classes are offered to both male and female inmates.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) classes allow inmates to share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem, which is the desire to stop drinking. The primary purpose is to teach individuals to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. AA classes are offered to both male and female inmates.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) classes focus on the twelve steps and twelve traditions of NA; including admitting there is a problem, seeking help, engaging in thorough examination, confidential self-disclosure, making amends for harm done and helping other drug addicts who want to recover. Classes are available to both male and female inmates.
Inside Out Dads
The National Fatherhood Initiative designed INSIDE OUT DADS specifically for incarcerated fathers. This program is evidence-based and evidence-informed and provides resources and prgrammming. This program gives incarcerated fathers a vision that they have a unique and irreplaceable role in the life of their child along with increasing their confidence and changing attitudes and providing skills they can use once released. Providing these skills and knowledge, creates a bond that is a powerful motivator for a successful reentry. Fathers who are involved with, and connected with their children and families prior to release are less likely to return to jail or prison.
Religious services are held on various nights to encourage and help the inmates cope with difficulties they are facing while incarcerated. Religious services help the inmates cope with their past mistakes and also with the struggles that they may face while here and in the future. Ministers within the community are encouraged to visit those that they know are incarcerated in the Walton County Jail. The Chaplain is available upon request.
Inmates are given the opportunity to have a minimum of three hours of recreation per week, which is in accordance with their classification. The inside recreation areas are equipped with basketballs and basketball goals and are opened every day for each housing pod. Outdoor recreation areas are equipped with basketball courts and a volleyball court. Time spent in the recreation areas and the exercise yards counts toward the minimum three hours of recreation mandated by the Florida Model Jail Standards.