The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility is fortunate to have more than 130 volunteers who donate their time to help with various inmate programs, some who generously have volunteered in the detention facility for more than 20 years. More than 75 programs are offered to inmates on a weekly basis and are staffed predominantly by volunteers.
- Facilitate AA meetings and numerous weekly religious services
- Tutor inmates in adult basic education classes
- Help in the detention facility library
- Meet with inmates to provide counseling and religious support (provided by Professional Clergy Volunteers)
Becoming a Volunteer
Citizens interested in volunteering at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility can contact the Programs Section at 720-874-3528. We are currently in need of education volunteers.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international fellowship of men and women who once had a drinking problem. It is a non-professional, self-supporting, non-denominational, multiracial, apolitical and available almost anywhere. There is no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem.
AA meetings are offered to all inmates at the detention facility. Volunteers donate about one hour each week to conduct the meetings. AA material is available for the inmates upon request.
Domestic Violence Education
Domestic violence classes help inmates understand the cycle of violence, cognitive distortions, and surface triggers that lead to violence. Additionally, inmates learn the role that alcohol and drugs play in domestic violence.
Inmates are presented with the challenge that letting go of power and control over their domestic partners is essential if patterns of abuse and coercion are to be reversed. Inmates often pursue continuing treatment after release and report that the use of their newly acquired skills provide a framework for improved relationships as they return to the community. Domestic violence education classes are offered at the Detention Facility on a weekly basis.
GED and Other Education
The Sheriff's Office gives education and literacy a high priority at the detention facility. Instruction is offered in English as a second language, adult basic education, and General Education Development (GED) test preparation. GED testing is offered weekly, free of charge.
Inmates may choose to work on reading, writing, and math skills using a 10-station computer lab. Computer instruction is also available to speakers of other languages who wish to improve their knowledge of English. In addition to computerized learning, inmates also may receive individual tutoring from volunteers who donate about three hours each week to assist inmates during education class.
Jail-Based Behavioral Services Program
The JBBS Program is a collaborative effort between the Detention Facility, Aurora Mental Health Center and Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network to address substance abuse, mental health issues, criminal thinking, and to reduce recidivism. Therapists from each mental health facility work onsite at the jail to provide screening or assessments; individual therapy; group therapy; and re-entry case management services, as needed. The class curriculum is designed to address substance abuse issues and criminal conduct using a cognitive-behavioral framework. Once inmates are released, clinicians follow-up with them for a year to ensure continued care is received in community services. The program offers the inmates an opportunity to have continuity of care that is critical for successful treatment outcomes.
Pre-Release Job Skills
Pre-Release Job Skills Workshops are available for inmates who have three months or less remaining on their sentence. The primary goal of this program is to provide the inmates with the necessary skills to assist them in finding and retaining employment after their release.
A key element to success for recently released inmates is finding full-time gainfull employment. Studies indicate that this is a significant deterrent to recidivism. Various topics explored during the workshops include Job Values and Interests; Barriers to Employment; Preparing Resumes and the Job Application Process; and Keeping the Job.
Pre-Release is operated as a collaborative effort between the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office and Arapahoe/Douglas Works! The supportive services consist of job assistance for felons, clothing, food, transportation, etc. Hopefully these services will increase the recently released inmate's chances for a successful reintegration into the community.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility provides a full-time chaplain to meet the religious needs of inmates. The chaplain conducts weekly religious services, supplies religious materials upon request and meets with individual inmates for counseling, encouragement and prayer.
The chaplain and programs staff oversee the many religious services facilitated by volunteers offered each week. Additionally, the chaplain and programs staff coordinate with 90 other professional clergy of varied denominational or religious backgrounds to help meet the diverse religious needs of the inmates.
The various religious services and studies are provided so inmates can continue their religious practices or become re-acquainted with them. Many desire to grow more devout or informed with a hope of finding peace of mind, a new direction or meaning for life or to feel better about themselves or their situation. The chaplain and the many volunteers are committed to supporting inmates desiring information, fellowship and encouragement while they are incarcerated.