The Sheriff's Office provides an array of jail based programs which address the needs of inmates in custody. These services are available to inmates displaying immediate needs (in crisis) upon request or referral.
Family members and/or friends can contact the Program Services Unit at (248) 858-1731 if they have concerns about an inmate's stability or adjustment to the jail environment.
Services available to all inmates in the Oakland County Jail:
Psychiatric pre-assessment and Referral
If an inmate indicates a history of having received psychiatric services or is identified as needing psychiatric services, a caseworker meets with the inmate to perform a pre-assessment and makes the referral to a psychiatrist within the jail.
If an inmate indicates a problem or is displaying anxiety involving adjustment to the jail environment, a caseworker will meet with the inmate to assist in identifying the source of the anxiety and explore solutions to alleviating the anxiety.
If an inmate indicates feeling suicidal or is displaying signs of being suicidal, caseworkers intervene to reduce the risk of self-injury.
Group Support sessions are available to all inmates on various topics including: personal stress reduction, substance abuse, depression and re-entry issues.
Psychiatric services are contracted through a community provider - Easter Seals of Michigan.
Evaluation and Medication - Psychiatrists perform an evaluation of inmate's mental status and prescribe medication, if appropriate, for the treatment of mental illness. Prescriptions are filled through the Jail Clinic with a $5 processing fee.
Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous Meetings
Chemical Dependency Classes
Pontiac Schools Adult Education
Religious Programming Services
Two Jail Chaplains oversee the religious programs which are supported by over 300 volunteers and include, but are not limited to: weekly church services, worship and educational groups, individual pastoral counseling and crisis response services to families.
Jail Programs which promote inmate accountability, focus on managing the chronically overcrowded inmate population by rewarding program completion with a reduction in jail sentence and reducing repeat incarcerations (recidivism).
These programs must be ordered by the Court.
- Work Release Tether Program (WRTP)
Life and Employment Skills Program (LESP)
A 6-week group which teaches an inmate the fundamentals of "Thinking Matters," a cognitive restructuring approach to eliminate criminal thinking. New members can enter the group on a weekly basis. Upon successful completion the inmate receives a 25% reduction in their sentence. In order to participate, male inmates need to be eligible to be housed at the East Annex or the Jail Annex.
Life and Employment Skills Program for Misdemeanors (LESP-M)
A 4-week "closed-end" group for inmates serving a sentence for a misdemeanor conviction. The program teaches an inmate to use a cognitive restructuring approach to eliminate criminal thinking. Upon successful completion the inmate receives a 25% reduction in their sentence. For male inmates to participate they need to be eligible to be housed at the East Annex.
Jail Alliance With Support (JAWS)
A jail diversion program for male and female inmates having a mental health disorder. The inmate engages in a treatment readiness curriculum involving setting up an aftercare treatment program within the community. Upon completion, an expedited release is sought from the inmate's Judge.
- Zero-Tolerance Program
A program for male and female inmates where the participant is released from jail and participates in urinalysis and breathalyzer testing, while living and working in the community. Continued community living is contingent upon the inmate remaining drug and alcohol free. Failure to do so results in the inmate having to serve days in jail or participate in substance abuse treatment as part of a sanctioning process.
Jail Programs that utilize partners from outside community agencies.
Oakland Livingston Human Services Agencies (OLHSA)
Provides programs to assist the children of inmates under the age of 18 by providing parenting sessions and access to community services to break the cycle of trans-generational criminality.
HAVEN - provides support groups for female inmates who are victims of domestic violence or in an abusive relationship.