As with other facilities under the management of the Secretary of Corrections, education, health services and food services are provided through contracts with private vendors.
Pre-Release Vocational (Aramark) GED
Aramark.................................. 6 slots
Pioneer Balloon....................... 12 slots
Community Service Work
Inmates at Winfield Correctional Facility provide thousands of hours of community service work each year to non-profit entities after certification that the service work will not displace community-available jobs. This program provides labor for those approved agencies and provides inmates with valuable job skills and work ethics that they can utilize upon release. Long-term community service work includes:
- Butler County
- City of Arkansas City
- City of El Dorado
- City of Wichita
- City of Winfield
- Cowley County Humane Society
- Lion’s Club Sight Project
- Kansas Department of Transportation
- Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
- Strother Field
- USD 465
Inmates also can participate in Reaching Out from Within, al self-help program for inmates who are committed to change and to giving back to the community.
Reaching Out From Within is a Kansas City-based non-profit organization founded in 1982 by violence prevention advocate and author SuEllen Fried. The program is dedicated to providing programs that prevent violence in our community. By breaking the cycle of violence, participants become contributing members of their families and society. Incarcerated men and women lead meetings using a curriculum written by offenders that teaches life skills and encourages them to make positive changes in their lives.
The WCF program began in 1994. Meetings, which are open to every inmate in the facility, are held two nights each week. During the meetings, inmates work with various materials and reference books that help in their quest to learn new ways to meet life's challenges and change their behavior. Select program participants, who have met special criteria, routinely speak to students and other groups in their community about choices and consequences.
Giving back to society in a meaningful way is one of the core beliefs of the program. The group gives back to society by supporting charities.
For more information, see the Reaching Out From Within website at http://www.rofw.org.