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The Dakota County Jail (DCJ) Programs Department has 1 Inmate Counselor, 1 Outreach Coordinator, 1 Recreational Coordinator and 2 Chemical Dependency Counselors. There are also numerous part-time and volunteer staff members who all help coordinate a large variety of programs to help inmates make the necessary changes needed to be successful.

Our programs offered include but are not limited to the following: GED/ABE, Parenting, Anger Management, Cognitive Thinking Skills, Bible Study, Worship Services, NA/AA meetings and Reformers Unanimous.

We also have contracted classes which include Domestic Abuse Prevention, Personal and Professional Etiquette, Mission to Mobilization (a skills and goal setting program), Employment Readiness and College Success and Preparation.

A few years ago DCJ established an Outreach Coordinator position to help inmates as they prepare for transition back into their respective communites. The main purpose of the Outreach Program is to reduce recidivism and the criminogenic risk factors of the inmates in the Dakota County Jail. This is done by providing inmates resources that they can use upon release. Some of these resources include housing, employment assistance, financial aid and help with child support. Our hope is this will have a positive effect on our communities and families and ultimately reduce the financial burden on the residents and tax payers of Dakota County.

Another program started recently is the Re-entry Assistance Program (RAP). This program unites the Sheriff's Office with Community Corrections, Public Health, Chemical Health, Mental Health, County Housing and Social Services to provide support for inmates. A jail program staff member attends weekly RAP meetings, discharge meetings and serves as the primary contact for RAP participants while they are in custody.

We are very proud of the DCJ programs department. We look forward to what lies ahead with the continuation of current programs and the introduction of new programs we hope to implement. The staff would also like to thank the entire Sheriff's Office and Corrections Staff for all their help and support without which we would not be able to function.

This page was last updated on: 11/13/2012



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