Inmate Programs

Inmate Programs

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:

From Caseworkers

  • 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.
  • Crisis Intervention
    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.
  • Suicide Identification and Prevention
    If an inmate indicates feeling suicidal or is displaying signs of being suicidal, caseworkers intervene to reduce the risk of self-injury.

Psychiatric Services

  • Psychiatric services are contracted through a community provider - Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority. 
  • 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 per prescription.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

  • Traditional 12-Step group meetings provided by volunteers from the community who are in a successful stage of recovery.

Hazel Park Schools Adult Education

  • Access to preparatory classes and educational information to assist inmates seeking to obtain their GED or high school diploma.

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)
  • Cognitive Behavior Program (CBP)
    A 6-week group for felony sentenced males and females 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 up to 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 male and female 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 up to 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 mental health needs.  The inmate engages in a treatment readiness curriculum involving setting up an aftercare treatment program within their community.  Upon completion, a jail diversion 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 as part of a sanctioning process.
    • The amount of time an offender is required to participate is solely at the discretion of the sentencing judge. 
    • This program can also be used in conjunction with other sentencing options.
    • Eligibility:   All non-violent felony and misdemeanor charges are acceptable.
    • Cost:  Offenders are required to pay a $25.00 administration fee and weekly testing fees.
    • Contact:  For specific sentencing guidelines and referral information call 248-858-5093


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.

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