Restorative Justice Ministries.
Restorative Justice Ministries of the Brazos Valley (RJMBV) is a not-for-profit, 501 c(3), faith based, non-denominational Christian based jail ministry to inmates and staff of the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) in the Bryan- College Station, TX region. RJM partners with the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), through an agreement, to provide Chaplaincy and spiritual support to the inmates and staff of the Brazos County Detention Facility located 1835 Sandy Point Road, Bryan, TX. 77802. Through this partnerships, RJM currently has 70 active volunteers whom provide services ranging between teaching life-skills, providing bible study sessions, and even having church services for all inmates. For more information on volunteering and chaplaincy services and or opportunities, please visit https://www.rjmbv.org/ or call 979-361-4852.
Decision Points Cognitive Behavior Program
In 2019, Decision Points was implemented at BCDC for the jail population by Reentry Specialist Dayana Borges Wells. With this program, inmates are given the tools to break the trouble cycle and learn how to make positive choices that will lead them away from risky situations. Since the program’s implementation, those that have successfully completed the program have not return to Brazos County Jail.
For more information on this program, please visit http://www.decisionpointsprogram.com/program/
Facilities Maintenance Class
BRYAN, TEXAS – An innovative new program has prepared seven women for employment as Facilities Maintenance Workers – training they can put to use when they are released from the Brazos County Detention Center. The participants were recognized at a ceremony on Dec. 12, where they received their certificates.
The women were awarded the OSHA 10-hour certificate and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) core curriculum certificate. The training prepared the women to handle basic maintenance work at a facility such as an apartment complex, office building, or business plant or warehouse.
The 200-hour program is a collaborative training initiative by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Blinn College and the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office. The program covered general knowledge of the tools of the trade and provided hands-on training in the basics of carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).
The program is the first of its kind in Brazos County, according to Sheriff Chris Kirk, and this was the first class for women at the Detention Center. The inaugural class of 12 men completed the program in May 2019.
The OSHA card and NCCER certificate are recognized nationwide, so the participants can pursue employment in any state, Posada added. And the NCCER Level 1 certificate is eligible for nine credit hours toward Blinn’s Associate of Applied Science Trade and Applied Technology degree.