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Inmate Programs Division:
The Inmate Programs Division partners with local community agencies and volunteers, with a shared set of desired outcomes based on a common set of values, from the secular, social service, and religious sectors of the community to provide religious, educational, rehabilitative, and re-entry programs for inmates. We are dedicated to making a difference in human lives through motivation for change, adaptation, and adjustment upon re-entry into society based on the rule of law and respect for individual rights. Success for our program participants turns on the wheels of personal accountability, personal growth, and the development of a strong work ethic and productive work habits.
Home for Hounds Program:
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Inmate Programs Department and the Grand Prairie Animal Shelter has formed a unique partnership dedicated to giving unwanted and homeless animals that would otherwise be up for euthanasia a second chance at life and adoption. The Home for Hounds program also gives carefully selected inmates the opportunity to give back to society by providing foster care and basic obedience training to the animals selected for the program, while enhancing the inmate’s social and vocational skills. Contact C. Sykes at (214) 653-6023 for questions about the program.
To find out more about the Home for Hounds program, go to Grand Prairie Animal Service’s website at http://www.gptx.org.
The Religious Services Section:
Coordinates the delivery of programs which serve the religious beliefs and practices of inmates confined in all Dallas County jail facilities. Religious services, study groups, and clerical care are provided by volunteer religious service providers representative of religious faiths available in the local community. Religious programs are managed to accommodate the free exercise of religion by providing inmates clerical care through the services of volunteer chaplains as well as ensuring inmates have the opportunity to pursue individual religious beliefs and practices in accordance with the law and the Texas Commission of Jail Standards. Persons interested in becoming a volunteer religious service provider can contact the religious service coordinator at 214-653-2838.
Religious reading material for inmates is provided through donations from the local community. Those desiring to donate bibles, qurans, and other religious literature for inmates should call the religious services coordinator at 214-653-2838. Paperback and/or softcover books only may be donated.
Secular educational programs are provided to ensure inmates have the opportunity to participate in a DISD Adult Basic Education Program leading to the completion of requirements to obtain a GED. The DISD program also offers ESL classes for those inmates who need help in reading and speaking the English language. College classes are made available by El Centro Community College giving inmates the opportunity to learn computer skills, welding skills, art, and participate in educational development programs designed for continuing education credits such as food service and basic print shop.
Law libraries are available in each jail facility to provide inmates with access to law books they can use in legal research related to their case(s). The law libraries also provide the service of general circulation book carts with recreational reading material for all inmates. Indigent inmates (those with less than $5.00 in their inmate account) are also provided with correspondence supplies for correspondence with persons outside the jails.
Television and radio programs are provided throughout the jail facilities for inmate viewing. VHS or DVD movies may be donated to the Inmate Programs Division by contacting the video services section manager at 214-653-5867.
Personal hygiene kits are provided to indigent inmates (those having less than $5.00 on their inmate account). Inmates who think they are indigent need only to ask the commissary cart attendant for a personal hygiene kit.
HIV/AIDS education, intervention, and prevention services are made available to inmates through our partnership with the Community Prevention and Dallas County Health and Human Services.
Self-help and social integration services are available to inmates through a variety of volunteer programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA).