Reintegration & Recovery

General Information

Since the 1990’s, recidivism rates and greater demands on our judicial system have kept jails and prisons overcrowded and searching for relief. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is very proud of our effort to reduce our jail population and criminal recidivism, and to hopefully prepare offenders to reintegrate into the community as productive members of society, through some innovative programs.

Our Reintegration and Recovery (R&R) Program delivers a multi-dimensional educational/treatment approach to inmates battling substance abuse issues. Their treatment needs and educational issues are addressed, while they are instructed on thought, anger, relapse, and lifestyle techniques. Our program emphasizes post-release aftercare and successful reintegration into the community. The more our R&R Program is exposed to the incarcerated population, the greater the opportunity to reduce criminal recidivism and incarceration costs.

Many facilities throughout the United States have inmate programs, but ours is unique. We offer a therapeutic environment complemented with individualized treatment plans, multi-systemic curriculum, deputy instructors, mandatory participation, regimented (daily) instructional and therapeutic schedule, certified addiction counselors, participant accountability for current and past actions, and aftercare community collaborations. A mix of minimum to maximum security offenders are housed together to begin rehabilitative treatment. In addition, many of them work outside of their housing ward- either within the facility or in the community with contracted businesses.

Our program requires committed staff, innovative time management, community collaborations and funding. Most jurisdictions would be challenged to provide one-on-one counseling, small group intervention, curriculum that addresses a majority of the offenders’ needs, committed community partners, and funding sources.

We started our R&R Program in August of 2007 for inmates sentenced to 3-24 months, with a primary goal of reducing criminal recidivism. Through December of 2014, 2,627 participants had been successfully released back into the community, with only slightly more than 40% returning to CJC (better than national recidivism rates).

The R&R treatment utilizes the five critical components of effective treatment, as indicated by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and Domestic violence: (1) assessment, (2) patient-treatment matching, (3) comprehensive services, (4) relapse prevention, and (5) accountability.


Inmates housed at El Paso County Jail (EPCJ) must meet the following criteria:

  1. 90 days remaining on a county sentence
  2. Non-violent offenders
  3. No Class I write-ups in the past 3 years
  4. No Class II write-ups in the past 60 days
  5. No Class III write-ups in the past 30 days

Qualifications for Referred Inmates.  Ordered by the Judge to complete a minimum sentence to EPCJ of 90 days in the program (no early releases) and 90-day community transition referrals.

  1. No Trusty time allowed by judge
  2. Non-violent offenders
  3. No open felonies
  4. No Class I write-ups in the past 3 years
  5. No Class II write-ups in the past 60 days
  6. No Class III write-ups in the past 30 days
  7. Final acceptance will be determined by the R&R staff

In accordance with Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-1307, “If the inmate is sentenced to a DUI, DUI Per Se and/or Habitual User charge with an offense date after 07/01/2012, the sentence will be reviewed for notes from the court stating which numbered alcohol offense the inmate is sentenced on. These notes will help determine if there is a ‘no wait’ for trusty status, 10-day, or 60-day mandatory incarceration period. Credit for time served does count toward the mandatory incarceration period.”

Levels of Treatment Offered:

Weekly Outpatient Treatment:

  • Alcohol or Drug (AOD) Education and Therapy (Driving with Care Education and/or Therapy).
  • Driving with Care- DUI Education and Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Criminal Conduct and Substance Abuse Treatment: Strategies for Self-Improvement and Change
  • Moral Reconation Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Co-Occurring Disorder Therapy
  • Self-Esteem
  • Seeking Safety
  • Building Healthy Relationships

Individual Client Sessions:

  • One-on one therapy specific to clients.

Time for a Change:

  • Instructional segment that integrates cognitive restructuring of social skills, practices conflict management, identifies alternative decision-making options, and encourages the development of problem solving techniques.

General Elective Classes (must complete 8 credit hours during incarceration):

  • Basic Math
  • Independent Reading
  • Covey’s Seven Habits of Effective People
  • Resume Writing
  • Dave Ramsey –Wealth Building
  • Business Plans
  • Learning Spanish (tutorial)
  • Personal/Professional Development
  • Basic Computer classes
  • Love and Logic
  • GED study classes