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Correctional Services Staff Directory

Correctional Services Description

Correctional Services is staffed by civilian employees and supported by a number of volunteers. Together they offer programming aimed at reducing recidivism by providing a variety of programming meant to meet the needs of inmates housed in the facility.  In addition, staff is also responsible for identifying appropriate funding sources for the placement of court ordered inmates into substance abuse treatment programs.

Correctional Services works very closely with the religious leaders of the community.  Many local churches provide religious volunteers who volunteer each week to meet the spiritual needs of the inmate population.

Correctional Services also works closely with the County's mental health team, Community Support & Treatment Services formally known as CMH. Together they identify inmates with mental health issues and provide treatment, counseling and when appropriate discharge planning for continued care in the community.


Title Contact & Email Phone
Director of Correctional Services Renee Wilson 734-973-4716
Correctional Services Main Line 734-971-8400, ext. 71380
Correctional Services/Community Corrections Mark McNeely 734-973-4736
Correctional Services Counselor Patrick Nachtrieb 734-973-4743
Correctional Services Specialist Myra Wilson 734-973-4382
Chaplain Daniel Johnson 734-973-4617
CSTS Supervisor Mei-Fu Sheng 734-973-4727
CSTS/Jail Diversion Specialist Sarah Stewart 734-973-4521
CSTS/Mental Health Professional Desiree Peeper 734-973-4863
CSTS/Mental Health Professional 734-973-4647



Jail Classes

Mental Health Services

Correctional Services





MRT (Moral Recognition Therapy) - MRT is a cognitive behavioral treatment group designed for offender populations to decrease criminal recidivism by re-educating offenders morally, socially, and behaviorally to instill appropriate goals, motivations and values.  It is a systematic treatment system designed to enhance ego, social moral and positive behavioral growth, through a 12 step process.  MRT was selected for inclusion on the National Registry of Evidence-Base Programs and Practices.  Duration/Frequency of Class:  12 weeks; twice a week.


Thinking Matters - Thinking Matters is a Cognitive Restructuring program that has individuals examine the core attitudes and beliefs that motivate thinking patterns and dictate behaviors.  It will expose critical thinking errors that lead to repeated, illegal, negative or destructive behaviors and challenge individuals to develop new thinking patterns to help establish new core attitudes and beliefs therefore changing behavior.  Duration/Frequency of Class: 6 weeks; twice a week; two separate classes running.



Dawn Farms (Community Corrections) - Dawn Farms is a substance abuse class designed for participants to understand the 1st step in the 12 traditions to recovery.  It is considered a best practice class and is accredited by (C.A.R.F.).  Participants are asked to prepare brief write-ups on moments in their lives in which they lost control over drugs and/or alcohol.  these stories are openly shared in class and discussions on how participants relate to each other is encouraged.  Lectures and didactic components are added to help participants understand addiction and how to move into the recovery process.  Duration/Frequency of Class:  4 weeks; three times a week.

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous (AA and NA Community Volunteers) - The AA and NA programming are conducted by active AA an NA members who seek to help alcohol and drug addicts in jail to learn about sobriety and how to live a clean lifestyle.  Group facilitators work out of the AA/NA literature to structure the group process and teach members about powerlessness and helplessness over their addictions.  Duration/Frequency of Class: Weekly meetings available at different times and days.


Dual Diagnosis (J-Port) - Justice Project Outreach Team (JPORT) a specialized program of Community Support & Treatment Services provides mental health consumers in the jail diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder of a mental illness and substance abuse disorder a class on being dually diagnosed and how to effectively manage their illnesses.  Participants are educated on co-occurring disorders, medication management, and treatment.  Duration/Frequency: 6 weeks, once a week. (Currently not running)

Women's Trauma (J-Port) - Justice Project Outreach Team (JPORT) a specialized program of Community Support & Treatment Services provides a gender specific trauma class to women inmates who identify as having experienced trauma at some point in their lives.  This best practice program was designed by Stephanie Covington, PHD, a pioneer in the field of women's issues, addiction, and recovery.  She developed an innovative, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed approach to treat women in both institutional and non-institutional settings.  Participants learn about trauma and its effects in their lives.  They gain the understanding and empowerment to effectively manage trauma symptoms and successfully remain sober.  Duration/Frequency:  6-7 weeks, once a weeks.


GED (Ann Arbor Public School Adult Education) - The Sheriff's Office contracts with Ann Arbor Public Schools Adult Ed to provide inmates the opportunity to obtain their GED if they did not complete high school.  Participants are screened for eligibility and are added to the program where they are able to learn at their own pace to prepare for GED testing.  Participants must pass five tests in order to officially receive their degree.  Duration/Frequency:  Four days a week, until completion.

Pre-GED (Ann Arbor Public School Adult Education) - The Sheriff's Office contracts with Ann Arbor Public School adult Ed to provide specialized programming for inmates who need adult basic educational assistance.  Participants who do not meet criteria for the GED class are provided with additional educational support to move toward obtaining their GED through the Pre-GED class.  Washtenaw Literacy works closely with Ann Arbor Public School to provide the Pre-GED participants supportive tutoring and literacy skills.  

Computer Literacy & Resume Writing (Ann Arbor Public School Adult Education) - The Sheriff's Office contracts with Ann Arbor Public School Adult Ed to provide inmates the opportunity to increase or learn basic computer literacy skills.  All participates are exposed to Microsoft Office programs and how to use the internet.  Participants are taught to create their own resumes and cover letters that they may use once out of jail.  Resumes and cover letters are saved and giving to the inmate upon release.  Duration/Frequency:  5 weeks, twice a week.

Literacy Class (Washtenaw Literacy) - Washtenaw Literacy provides training and support in literacy to inmates who are illiterate.  participants are screened to assess their level of need and then provided appropriated curriculum.  Correctional Services provides interns when available to work with Washtenaw Literacy as added tutors for the program.  Participants who are enrolled in the Pre-GED class may work with Washtenaw Literacy for tutoring and support.  Duration/Frequency:  Ongoing, once a week.

Family Book Club (Non-Profit Organization) - The Family Book club was founded in 1991 to promote learning and loving reading at all ages.  This program provides incarcerated  parents and caregivers the opportunity to promote literacy among their children.  Family book club staff provides multicultural literature that the book and the recording of their reading are then sent to their child free of charge.  Children are provided with the gift of reading and emotional bonding experience with their incarcerated parent of caregiver.  This program is offered to participants housed in J Block, the Women's Unit and Trustees.  Duration/Frequency:  Once a week (open to new participants every week).


Probation/Parole Survival (Jail Volunteer) - Jail volunteer, Patti Gawne facilitates a class, which addresses what to anticipate when on parole or probation.  Participants are educated on basic rules and expectations of being a parolee or probationer.  In order to graduate the class participants must create a thorough written plan on how they will successfully complete parole or probation by addressing multiple areas that directly and indirectly impact how they will navigate their parole or probation.  Written plans are reviewed in class with the group before they are finally approved for graduation by the Supervisor of Correctional Services.  Duration/Frequency:  5 weeks, once a week.


Alternatives to Domestic Aggression (Catholic Services) - Catholic Social Services provides a domestic violence program for men who are struggling with a power and control problem based on feminist theory "which views domestic violence as a form of political, social, economic, sexual and physical oppression of women individually and as a group."  ADA teaches that "battering is never justified, excusable, provoked, hereditary, out of control, accidental, or an isolated incident with no further dynamics.  Battering is not caused by disease, diminished intellect, alcoholism/addiction or intoxication, mental illness or any external person or event.  The batterer is responsible for his behavior, not the person who is the target of the battering."  Duration/Frequency:  6 weeks, twice a week.

Domestic Violence Support Group (Safe House) - Safe House provides a support group for women who identify as a victim/survivor of domestic violence.  Participants are educated on power and control from the Duluth Model and empowered to move toward healing from their abusive relationships.  Topics addressed cover safety planning, healthy relationships and healthy boundaries, substance abuse issues, and barriers to leaving an abusive relationship.  Duration/Frequency:  6 weeks, once a week.


A Chaplain from Forgotten Man Ministries coordinates the religious programming services in the jail.  He is assisted by volunteers; and inmates are provided access to religious services, religious materials, and religious counseling.

Christian Services (Washtenaw County Prison Ministries Volunteers) - Christian Services is comprised of a multidenominational group of Christian Volunteers who give their time to provide direct religious services to the inmate population.  These men and women are allowed to provide Bible study, religious counseling, and weekend church services to inmates who desire to participate.

Catholic Services/Catechism - (Washtenaw County Jail Catholic Volunteers) - Catholic Services is comprised of multiple Catholic volunteers who give their time to provide direct religious services to the inmate population.  These men and women are allowed to provide Bible study, religious counseling, and weekend church services to inmates who desire to participate.

Islamic Services (Ann Arbor Muslim Community Volunteers) - Islamic Services provides Muslim inmates the opportunity to study and deepen their faith.  Muslim volunteers from the local Ann Arbor area offer basic instruction in Islam to Muslim or non-Muslim inmates.

Inner Peace (Jail Volunteer) - This class helps participants find inner peace through Bible studies, meditation, song, and prayer by addressing a different morally based topic every week.  Participants focus on developing a Christian base lifestyle that fosters a peaceful approach to their lives.  Duration/Frequency:  12 weeks, once a week.


Alcoholics For Christ (Washtenaw County Jail Christian Volunteers) - Alcoholics for Christ is a Christ centered walk through the 12-step traditions of AA/NA.  Each week participants are provided handouts to  discuss in group a step from the twelve traditions along with Bible scriptures that relate to that particular step.  These scriptures spark group discussions and their understanding of how to use a personal relationship with God to help them maintain recovery.  Duration/Frequency:  12 weeks, once a week. 



STD/STI Testing (Washtenaw County Public Health) - The Sheriff's Office works with the Washtenaw County Public Health Department to provide testing of sexually transmitted diseases to the underserved inmate population.


J-BLOCK (Male Unit)

AA/NA (Jail Volunteer) - Recovering alcohol and drug addicts who are in long-term recovery conduct AA/NA meetings and open talks with J block inmates.  The open talks provides participant to learn about their addiction in a safe and non-disclosing way, whereas the AA/NA meetings are for those who identify as an alcoholic and/or addict and are open to learn recovery.  Duration/Frequency:  Once a week.  Facilitators: AA/NA Community Volunteers.


Community Mental Health (CMH)

CMH specialized program, JPORT created in 2007 by the County, is contracted to provide mental health and psychiatric services and continued care into the community to th inmate population within the jail.  JPORT is an integrated mental health/substance abuse treatment team that is based on Minkoff's best practices co-occurring model and the Sequential Intercepts for Change Model (SIM).  Together the Sheriff's Office and JPORT identify inmates with mental health issues and provide assessments, treatment, groups and discharge planning to support successful community re-entry.  JPort efforts have shown significant decreased jail days of this population and an increase in quality of life.

Sequential Intercept Model (shown below)

Sequential Intercept Model


The Washtenaw County Sheriff Office contracts for psychiatric services through CSTS Justice Project Outreach Team.  There are two fully licensed psychiatrist who provide 3 weekly psychiatric clinics to those needing psychiatric care.  Inmates who meet the criteria for psychiatric services are followed psychiatrically during their stay in the jail.  When inmates on psychiatric medications leave the jail they are provided with discharge planning to refer them for follow up care in the community.



There are multiple ways for an inmate to be referred for an initial mental health evaluation, which is used to help determine if the inmate meets criteria for psychiatric services.

Every inmate booked into the jail is assessed with the GAINS Brief Jail Screen.  This screening is from the Center for Mental Health Services:  National GAINS Center.  "The CMHS National GAINS Center has operated since 1995 as a national locus for the collection ad dissemination of information about effective mental health and substance abuse services for people with co-occurring disorders in contact with the justice system."  If an inmate screens positive for mental health problems they are then further evaluated from JPORT staff within a 14 day time span; however, inmates are seen well before the 14 day mark.  Inmates who meet criteria for psychiatric services are scheduled for an appointment.

Inmates are also welcomed to personally request to be screened for psychiatric services by "kitting" Correctional Services.  Inmates who ask to be seen psychiatrically are assessed and then presented to the Mental Health Team who determines if they meet criteria for psychiatric care.

Jail Staff and outside referrals for inmates in need of mental health services maybe made anytime the inmate is incarcerated.  Correctional Services Staff can be reached about any inmate who appears to need mental health attention and he or she will be seen by the Mental Health Specialist for care.



CSTS/JPORT staff provides inmates who are on psychotropic medications with discharge planning to ensure continuity of care upon leaving the jail.  Inmates are provided with a GAINS discharge plan, which includes these major points of interests for the inmate leaving; mental health services, psychotropic medication continuation, housing, substance abuse, health care benefits, income support/benefits, food/clothing, transportation, and vocational needs.




Staff divert individuals with serious mental illness (and often co-occurring substance use disorders), serious emotional disturbance and developmental disabilities in contact with the justice system from jail and provide linkages to community-based substance abuse treatment and support services.  Primarily, inmates who are receiving psychiatric services from CSTS/JPORT are diverted upon Court approval.

Correctional Services Staff divert inmates who are court ordered to substance abuse treatment.  The  Correctional Services Counselor will meet with the court ordered inmate and facilitate the inmates contact and release to the court approved substance abuse center.  The Correctional Services Counselor will also provide support to Community Corrections with inmates who are PA 511 eligible and are being diverted to substance abuse treatment.



Correctional Services Mental Health Staff provides crisis management to the inmate population.  All inmates may request services and will be seen by the Mental Health Specialist.  The Mental Health Specialist provides crisis management (i.e., grief and loss), mental health screening, behavioral management issues, and case management/discharge planning.




  • Proof of Incarceration Letters - A proof of incarceration  is a letter verifying that an inmate is currently incarcerated at the Washtenaw County jail.  This letter is provided to an inmate at an inmate's request only via a "kite" to Correctional Services.  This letter cannot be requested through a family member or acquaintance.
  • Clearance Application - This form is provided to volunteers (Religious, AA/NA or Class Facilitators), Professional Visitors, Contractual Personnel and for Internship that need physical access into the jail facility to meet with clients or facilitate classes for the inmates.  All professional visitors, with the exception of attorneys, must receive prior approval to enter the facility.  This form is available for printing above in the Table of Contents under Correctional Services Section.
  • Emergency Assistance & Crisis Counseling -  This service is provided on request basis only.  The Mental Health Specialist provides generalized counseling, which includes crisis management (i.e., grief and loss), adjustment to the jail issues, mental health screening, behavioral management issues, and case management/discharge planning.  When master's level social work or counseling interns are available, they are trained to work with the jail population to provide counseling under the supervision of the Correctional Services Program Supervisor.
  • Diversion to Substance Abuse Treatment - An inmate can be assisted with placement into a substance abuse treatment program outside the facility in lieu of jail time only if the inmate is ordered by the court.  If it is not stipulated by the court, then an inmate must have his/her attorney file a motion to the court to be released to treatment.
  • Notary Services - The jail has two notary agents available to assist inmates who are currently incarcerated and in need of notary services.  If an inmate needs a document notarized, the inmate can make this request by submitting a kite to Correctional Services.  Or, if a family member has a document that needs to be signed and notarized by an inmate, the family member can contact Correctional Services for assistance.
  • Jail Case Management - (address for court, diversion needs, jail programming and discharge planning)
  • Friend of the Court (FOC) Modification Forms - This form is provided to inmates by request if they are currently making child support payments through Friend of the Court and need to request a stop payment while in jail.
  • Vehicle Release Letters - If an inmate has a vehicle in impound that needs to be released to the care of someone outside the facility, such as a trusted family member or friend, a vehicle release letter can be provided to that person if approved by the inmate.  You may contact Correctional Services to make arrangements.
  • Temporary Guardianship of Minor Children Letter - A temporary Guardianship form helps an inmate give consent to  the caregiver of their minor child(ren) to provide temporary care for them while the parent is serving time in our facility.
  • Emergency Phone Use - Inmates are given one free call after the booking process.  After that, they are able to make collect calls once family members set up an account through Evercom service  by calling (1-800-844-6591), or by visiting their website at  If an inmate is unable to reach family because there is a collect call block on the phone, then an inmate and his/her family may utilize the U.S. mail service by writing or scheduling a visit on the inmates visiting day.  However, if an inmate believes he/she has an emergency, they may make a request by kite to Correctional Services to be determined.  Emergency calls are done case by case basis and non emergency phone requests are not allowed.  Although many calls may be important, they may not be considered emergencies.



  • Legal services or assistance for legal purposes - Correctional Services does not provide legal advice to inmates or assistance with hiring an attorney.  Inmates may consult with their attorney through visits or collect calls.  They may request a court appointed attorney at court proceedings, or may seek help from family to hire a private attorney.
  • Personal and non-emergency phone calls - Inmates are allowed to submit a request via kite to Correctional Services for consideration.    Non-emergency requests will be denied.  Although, many requests are important, it may not be considered an emergency.  If an inmate can not make contact through collect calls, the inmate may utilize the U.S. Mail Service.
  • Relay personal messages to and from inmate to family - Personal messages will not be given to inmates.  If a family member needs to make contact with an inmate, you have an option to accept a collect call, utilize U.S. Mail Service or schedule a visit.  However, if you need to get an emergency message to an inmate, you may contact the Sergeant's Office for consideration.
  • Provide recommendations for sentencing or court ordered after-care - Correctional Services does not provide letters of recommendations for an inmate for sentencing.  However, we can provide a letter to the Court stating the classes an inmate has graduated from, or classes the inmate may be participating in.
  • Furloughs - If a family member is in need of getting an inmate out on a furlough, which is a temporary pass granting an inmate time out of jail to handle important business such as attending a funeral, you must contact the public defender's office to file a motion with the Court.



At this time, the Washtenaw County Jail accepts donated books from a few organizations in the community on a regular basis.

Currently, we are not accepting books from the general public.

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