Shawnee County Department of Corrections

Integrity Dedication Teamwork.

Inmate and Resident Programs

Effective programs have become an essential part of both Adult and Juvenile Corrections institutions. While incarcerated, provision of programs relating to educational opportunities, physical, social and mental health stability, maintenance of family relationships, and religious freedom and practice are some areas by which the quality of offender life in a correctional institution can be measured.

The Shawnee County Department of Corrections has embarked on meeting these needs with respective programs departments at the Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers.
Regular programs conducted at the Juvenile Detention Center are:

  • Weekly reading exercises provided by the Optimist Club of Topeka
  • Character Building
  • Positive Action
  • Risks and Decisions
  • Church Services
  • Weekly social skills/life skills presentations by the Programs Officer
  • Teachers from 501 School District classroom educational curriculum instructions Monday through Friday
  • Daily exercise opportunities at the facility gymnasium
  • Monthly barber services
  • Commissary
  • Save Your Self facilitated by Women Empowerment Inc.

Regular programs held at the Adult Detention Center are:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Groups
  • Bible Study Classes
  • Chaplain Services
  • Church Services
  • Commissary
  • Community Resource Information
  • Greeting Card Program
  • Library Services
  • Law Library
  • Minister and Clergy Visits
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Project Dads
  • Visitation with Family and Friends
  • Work Programs
  • Barber Shop
  • Inmate Wedding Services
  • Exercise opportunities at the facility gymnasium

The programs offered are provided through the use of community volunteers.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, for existing or proposed programs at the Adult Detention Center or the Juvenile Detention Center, please complete the Volunteer Application and Criminal History Authorization form and send the completed forms along with a copy of your valid driver's license to:

Programs Division Manager
Attention: (Please indicate Juvenile or Adult Detention)
501 S.E. 8th St
Topeka, KS 66607