Inmate Programs




Education Department
The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office maintains an educational department at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility, staffed by certified teachers and other professionals in the field.

Educational services are offered to the sentenced population after an interview and testing to determine the level of education needed.


The following services are currently offered:

    • Adult Basic Education which includes reading, writing and mathematics at the high school level.

    • G.E.D. is a program which includes English, mathematics, and science. The G.E.D. exam is given a minimum of three times a year.

    • Title I Education is provided to students between the ages of 17 and 21 who are in need of instruction.

The Education Department works in close collaboration with the local community college, literacy council and local programs to ensure a successful transition into the community upon release.


Human Services
All sentenced individuals in the House of Correction are offered the following services by the Human Services Department of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office:

    • Classes that provide basic information on addiction recovery, where to seek assistance for treatment, physiological effects of addiction, basic anger management skills and introduction to the 12-Step Model for recovery and personal growth.

    • Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. These meetings are facilitated by outside AA/NA members.

    • Reintegration case management is offered to offenders needing additional individualized assistance in developing plans for treatment once released.

The Human Services Department also provides a residential substance abuse treatment unit in the Prep and Shock Units of the Barnstable County Correctional Facility. Inmates are classified voluntarily into the Prep Unit for orientation and assessment. After a minimum of thirty days, participants in the Prep Unit are eligible to move to the Shock Unit phase of the program. The main treatment phase of the Shock Unit program is a minimum of three months and the reintegration phase is two months long. During the Shock Unit phase inmates are encouraged to face their behavior and addictions and are given support upon time to re-enter the community.



Vocational Training/Prison Industries
The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office designed the Prison Industries Program to provide vocational and educational work opportunities for offenders sentenced to the BCCF. The purpose of the program is to allow inmates to gain skills that will increase their employment opportunities upon release while giving them the opportunity to partially support themselves and their families while incarcerated. This program offers the benefits of providing a method for offenders to pay child support, family support, fines, fees and restitution and to purchase personal necessities while incarcerated. With the help of a state funded Perkins Grant, a carpentry shop was designed with modern woodworking equipment to teach basic carpentry skills to inmates. Contract arrangements are made with local retailers to purchase the products made. The money made by selling the carpentry products to retailers is split three ways with 1/3 going to pay for materials, 1/3 going into the inmate’s canteen account as an incentive for participating in the program and 1/3 donated to charities throughout Barnstable County. Donations have been made in the past to the YMCA of Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Boy Scouts. In addition, the proceeds from this program have helped to purchase over 80 winter coats donated to children attending Children’s Cove, a program for abused children on Cape Cod. Inmates spend a total of approximately 64 hours per week during this program.


Work Release
The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing opportunities for offenders willing to address their rehabilitation. A local manufacturer and distributor of unfinished wood products has requested workers from the Sheriff’s Office due to the lack of entry level workers on Cape Cod. In response, six to eight offenders per day report to work at 7:30 a.m. and work to 4:30 p.m. They are transported to work in the morning and picked up at the end of the day by Sheriff’s Office staff. Offenders are monitoredby Sheriff’s Office staff and are frequently required to participate in drug and alcohol testing. All offenders’ paychecks are delivered to the Sheriff’s Office and accounts are opened for each offender. Workers are required to pay an amount equal to ½ of their net take home pay to the Sheriff’s Office to cover costs of incarceration and to provide fiscal assistance for other inmates to be made eligible for participation in Work Release. Offenders are required to pay any child support, family support, fines, fees or restitution out of their share of the pay. Statements are provided to the offender on a regular basis. Upon release, offenders can use their work experience to request references for employment.