The in-house education of jail inmates takes place in the school wing. The jail education program began in the late 1960's, and is currently staffed with an instructor and an instructor's aide provided by the Lansing School District's Office of Adult and Continuing Education. Since the highest percentage of our inmates will be released to Lansing and the immediate area, the Lansing School District is the service provider. 

Since the inception of the Lansing School District's Jail Education Program, more than 1,600 inmates have passed the GED examination!

Jail Garden

The following is a current list of programming offered:

 Anger Management       

A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Christian based program that helps participants recognize the underlying causes of their anger and make changes to thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors to accept accountability for anger, express it appropriately, and ultimately resolve it. 


This program includes instructions to:

•           Promote children’s development,

•           Improve child/parent attachment,

•           Improve child/parent communication skills,

•           Enhance self-esteem of participants,

•           Improve child/parent social control, and

•           Reduce aggressive behaviors by children and their caregivers.

 Break Out

Assists in preparing participants for release back into the community through interactive education.  Focusing on recovery from substance misusing, abusing and dependent behaviors, participants identify thinking errors that led to criminogenic thinking and identify goals to achieve once released.   Break Out is based on Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT) which is a form of cognitive-behavioral programming designed for criminal justice offenders.   Jail Re-Entry Planning and Life Skills offers clients the opportunity to establish short term achievable goals, identify strengths and barriers and develop a strategic plan to capitalize on the strengths and minimize the barriers to success. 

 Alcoholics Anonymous

A 12-step program providing support and encouragement for alcoholics who are trying to get and stay sober. 

Narcotics Anonymous

Offers recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle.

 Employment Skills

Offers help with interviewing, resume development, job search etc.

 Restorative Justice

Offers participants a chance to take accountability and repair the harm done by their crimes, while teaching mediation, conflict resolution, and problem solving.  Participants can earn certificates for being trained in mediation.

 Seeking Safety

“Research evidence consistently finds elevated rates of trauma among incarcerated samples of both male and female populations. The first next step is treatment for trauma and its consequences inside correctional settings.” (Wolf and Shi, 2012).  The Seeking Safety program is an evidence-based present-focused counseling model to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse.  This is the only model to outperform controls on both PTSD and substance abuse at the end of treatment in randomized and/or controlled trials.  The program teaches coping skills through classroom exercises, reflective thinking exercises and some simply completed homework.   It has been successfully implemented for many years in the criminal justice field both during and after incarceration.  It is equally successful in group settings as well as one-on-one.  Trauma Centered Yoga embedded in Seeking Safety allows participants the opportunity to more deeply engage in the trauma recovery sessions. 

The groups meet twice a week and can accommodate short term inmates of 30 to 90 days.  The program will serve both male and female inmates.

 Michigan Works /Peckham

Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program is funded through the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). Participants must be eligible for and enrolled in the WIOA program to be in the JMG Program.

 Takes select participants meeting the following criteria:

  • Aged 16-24
  • Have not attended High School in the last 90 days
  • Has one of the following barriers:
    • Has a disability
    • Reading or math below 9th grade
    • Homeless / Runaway
    • Foster care
    • Offender
    • English language learner
    • Pregnant / Parenting
    • Individual that requires additional assistance

 Attendance in the GED program while in the jail is preferred. 

The program provides mentoring, job readiness, leadership development, and other academic support for young adults.  The program also provides college and career-transition services with ongoing support.  They continue with the services upon release.


Students work on schooling and take GED tests.  Twice a day for men, once a day for women. 


This is a program where inmates will be audio-recorded reading a children’s book.  The recording will be transferred to CD, then both the book and CD will be mailed to their child or grandchild.  The purpose of this program is to help families stay intact while a family member is in jail, increase literacy in both the inmates and children, and increase well being of inmates and children / grandchildren.


Inmate Garden Initiative:  Inmates will be taught new skills such as how to use garden tools, prepare land, plant seeds and plants, and be provided additional education in starting and maintaining a garden both indoors and outdoors.  The produce from the garden will be provided to the food banks/markets locally.  There are items that need to be purchased yearly in order to sustain the garden such as seeds, plants, fertilizer, and garden tools.


Chronic Pain PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is a 6-week workshop designed for people with chronic pain. In this interactive workshop, participants are taught effective tools to better self-manage their condition and its impact on their life. Managing chronic pain is more than taking medications. We address a variety of topics including fatigue management, dealing with difficult emotions, and pacing & planning. Includes the Moving Easy Program: safe exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance. The workshop is FREE of charge, but pre-registration is required.

 CMH/CATS Future Programs:

Coping Skills Group

Trauma Informed Group and/or Dialectal Behavioral Therapy Group (DBT)