Inmate Programs

Addiction Recovery Program (ARP) or Heart to Heart

ARP / Heart to Heart is a support/recovery group for those whose lives are affected by any type of addictive or compulsive behavior. This is a LDS sponsered program modeled after twelve-step recovery groups.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in a any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Male and female recovering alcoholics volunteer to conduct AA meetings in the Cache County Jail. AA is a 12-step program. We utilize the 12 steps, a reliance upon a greater power than ourselves (a higher power, as defined by each individual), and support of the group. Recidivism can be reduced IF the released inmate will seriously consider and then pursue the alternative to a life of alcohol abuse the AA program provides.

Alcoholism is recognized as a major social and health problem. In the U.S., it is the third great killer, after heart disease and cancer – in the home, on the job, on the highway. Alcoholism costs the community millions of dollars every year. AA provides a way out.


The domestic violence course developed by CAPSA is split into sections. The first section is designed to discuss what happened during the abuse. The second section identifies how the abuse happened. This is where we discuss common feelings that victims of domestic violence experience. The third section is focused on what tools victims have or need to be free from domestic violence. The next section is titled, “Where do I go from Here?” In it, we discuss healthy relationships as well as self-care. The last section is designed to help the victims decide where to begin and covers such topics as how to deal with change, what keeps us in abusive relationships, and goal-setting.

The goal of this course is not only to educate victims of domestic violence, but also to help others to know how they can help someone they know to be dealing with these common barriers.

Creative Writing

Students will learn to write sentences that pack powerful word choice and develop stories with intriguing characters, moody settings, and suspenseful plots. Work will be written in class and on the writer's time the week between each class session. Writers are expected to read their work to others and give/receive critiques of others' stories. Many specific exercises will be given to broaden the students' abilities to communicate with others through their writing.

GED (General Equivalency Diploma)

This program provides educational services for inmates who have not obtained their high school diplomas. The classes are taught under the direction of the Cache County School District. Testing is offered quarterly at the Cache County Jail through the Jordan School District. Classes and materials are offered free of cost. The cost of the test is $40.00. (The GED counts as 5 credits toward a high school diploma).

Post-release GED testing is offered in Cache Valley at Utah State University. If you live outside of Cache Valley, testing information can be found by contacting your local school district or college/university.


High School

High school classes take place daily in the Cache County Jail. The Cache County School District oversees this program, providing computers and material for the classroom. The classes are run using the A+ computer program. Most credits are earned via the computer.

Education is one of the few tools proven to have an impact on crime; the more education you have, the less likely you are to engage in criminal activity.


Life Skills / Anger Management

The Life Skills/Anger Management course is a combined 10 week open enrollment class. Participants spend 4 weeks focusing on anger management and 6 weeks in life skills. Life Skills topics include parenting, communication, job skills, and goal setting. Classes are taught by counselors from Bear River Health.


The meditation class teaches awareness skills that can be applied throughout daily life. During meditation, one learns to see clearly by recognizing how thoughts arise. Instead of habitually reacting to thoughts, one learns to recognize a thought as a thought that has naturally arisen. With this skill, a choice is provided. The thought can be let go and the individual can then return to the present, or the thought can be acted on. Exercising this choice has the effect of motivating individuals to look closely at their thoughts and consequently make better decisions about subsequent action. Meditation also teaches one how to let go of anxiety and attachments thus allowing better focus and concentration. There is also a sense of calm and deliberation that naturally grows from the meditation practice. Meditation is a practice and requires a commitment to give a part of each day to sitting meditation and daily mindfulness.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.


Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings."--AMTA—

Parenting Class

By Child and Family Support Center



Project REALITY is a program created by inmates at the Cache County Jail. The overall objective is to convey the risks of engaging in dangerous behavior by allowing actual inmates to present their life experiences. This is not “Scared Straight.” The inmates involved in this program are committed to educating the people of this community and initiating thought that will prevent young men and women from making harmful choices. All presentations take place at the Sheriff’s Complex; tours of the facility are available prior to meeting with the inmates.

 For more information, or to schedule a presentation, please contact the responsible deputy at 435-755-1222


Religious Services

Currently nine different denominations offer weekly religious services to the inmates. Religious services are available to county, state, and federal inmates in most classifications.

Substance Abuse

The Substance Abuse course is an 11 week open enrollment class. Topics range from defining the disease of addiction, to thinking errors, to how emotions are affected by drug and alcohol use. Class participants also discuss losses from their use and relapse prevention. Classes are taught by counselors from Bear River Health.

Thinking for a Change

This class is taught under the direction of the National Institute for Corrections. It is for Utah State Prison Inmates housed at the Cache County Jail. The class focuses on three concepts: social skills, cognitive self-change, and problem solving skills. Inmates are taught to identify high risk thoughts and feelings in a conflict. They then brainstorm new thinking to replace the high risk thinking. Hopefully, this becomes habit and they can learn to avoid reacting to conflict in a manner that previously landed them in a custody situation.