Rutherford County Correctional Work Center Masthead


Bernard Salandy

1720 South Church Street
Murfreesboro TN 37130

Phone: (615) 898-7847
Fax: (615) 898-7837

Lobby Hours:
7 Days a Week

Program Descriptions

GED (now called HiSet)
Twice a week - Male and Female
Must be at least 18 years of age without a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate to take the HiSET exam. Adult Education (AE) empowers individuals to become self-sufficient by providing the basic skills and knowledge necessary to complete a secondary education. Tennessee Adult Education provides basic skills upgrades and works with individuals to help them meet their educational and career goals. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers our Career Coach ...which is amobile center with services similar to what you might find in a Tennessee Career Center. Testing fee is $50.00 / partial testing fee is $15.00. The Career Coach will also come on site to provide a mobile computer lab with internet access; create a venue for workshops including résumé assistance and interviewing skills; and serve as a recruitment center for companies moving into our state.

MRT (Moral Recognition Therapy)
Once a week - Male and Female
Correctional Counseling. cognitive-behavioral program for substance abuse treatment and for criminal justice offenders. combines education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises designed to foster moral development in treatment-resistant clients. They must be confronted with the consequences of their behavior and the effect that it has had on their family, friends and community.

Culinary Classes
Once a week - Male and Female
Learn the techniques, ingredients, and theories that are the foundation of the culinary world, from cleaning and sanitation to how to set the dining table.

Positive Parenting
(Done through the Exchange Club) Once a week - Male and Female
Promotes healthy, happy families, understanding children, parenting styles, communicating styles, cooperation, age appropriate discipline techniques, emotional and social development, keeping children safe.

Landlord / Renter Legalities
Twice a month (Through CADCOR) Males
Landlords must disclose specific information to tenants (usually in the lease or rental agreement), such as the identity of anyone authorized to act on the landlord’s behalf and whether the landlord may enter to show the remises to prospective renters during the last 30 days of the tenancy.

Tennessee Security Deposit Limit and Return Tennessee state law does not limit how much a landlord can charge for a security deposit including late fees, and how much time a tenant has to pay rent (14 days in Tennessee) and move (16 days) before a landlord can file for eviction, abandoned property left behind by tenants, Housing Discrimination

Family Law
Once a month - (Through CADCOR) - Females
- How will I support myself after a divorce when my spouse was the primary income earner?
- How do I fight for sole custody of my children?
- What should be included in a prenuptial agreement?
- How do I protect my interests in divorce proceedings?
- What do I need to be aware of when considering adoption? A family law attorney can help individuals in a wide range of matters regarding marriage, divorce, adoption, child custody, spousal support, domestic abuse, grandparents rights and any other matters related to family law.

Budgeting Class
Males and Females
Creating a household budget based on paychecks versus monthly expenses gives a better handle / outlook on what they actually save and spend. Opportunity to exercise control over their expenses when creating a budget.

Reformers Unanimous
Once a week - Male and Female
A revolutionary addiction recovery program developed from over a decade of experience working with hundreds of thousands of addicts. Volunteers through Franklin Rd. Baptist Church

Once a week – Females
Bible Study

Faith Ministries
Once a month - Males
Bible study

Circle of Love
Twice a month - Females
Volunteers focus on restoring those who are emotionally wounded by sharing the word of God. Support families that have been victimized by drug abuse and recovering addict.

Celebrate Recovery
Once a week - Male and Female
Faith centered recovery program that promotes accountability and education related to all life habits and hurts, and hang ups. Compulsions to enable the participant to learn how to live a free and successful life.

Keeping Connected Male and Female
Bible Study – This is husband and wife team program.

Journey of Life, Body and Soul
Once a week – Females
(With Ten zero) concentrate on females and relationships and how they can work and what makes relationships go bad. Speak about domestic violence, sex slavery, teen girls and emotional identification, cultural differences, date rape, narcissism.

Drama Team
Occasional basis
Drama team is a faith ministry. It is open to all who is interested. The team will present a program called “Instant Message” that tells the story. We usually implement this around the holidays. Improve skills, connect with other inmates and have some fun at the same time.

Doors of Hope
Once a week - Male and Female
A community-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping ex-offenders build successful lives with a reentry upon release. Faith Based.

Life Skills
Once a week - Females
Learn skills like communicating effectively, making sound decisions, setting and achieving goals, and resolving conflicts. Faith Based.

Once a week - Male and Female
Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are fellowships of men and women who help each other recover from alcoholism or addiction and remain abstinent from drinking and using drugs.

New Vision Baptist Church
Male and Female
Bible Study

7th Day Adventist Church
Once a week - Male and Female
Bible Study

Church Services
Once a month - Male and Female
Take inmates to local Churches

Faith is to Victory
Once a month - Male
Bible Study

Occassional basis - Open to all who are interested
Choir is a faith ministry run by volunteers thru church.

Release Program
Marcus Lucus - "You are not the sum total of your past mistakes". Includes topics such as:
- Which is larger, your pride or your bank account
- Dealing with dream stealers and killers
- What is your WHY
- Goal Setting
- Pay It Forward, Networking 101: how to strike up a conversation, speak with boldness, turn strangers into friends, connect with others
- Conflict Management: learning personality traits and how to get along with others, Sacrifice, Make Memories not excuses.

Drug Awareness
Twice a month
Volunteer is through CADCOR (Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Rutherford County) who works collaboratively with these agencies through Drug Take Backs. Connect our communities to reduce substance abuse and violent crime. Addresses the factors (Underage Alcohol, Tobacco, and Non-Medical Prescription Drug Usage) that increase substance abuse and arming the community and our partners with the knowledge and support to minimize the risk of substance abuse.

Re- Entry / Guidance Center Therapeutic Counseling Grant – 2 year grant- This particular grant allows certified counselors to be part of our facility and counsel male and female inmates on a one on one basis as well as group sessions. The program is a comprehensive approach to ensuring those incarcerated who have mental illness or co-occurring disorders have access to treatment, recovery, and re-entry services. The therapeutic program addresses mental illness, substance abuse and trauma needs. Each person referred to this program will go through the same process and meet similar criteria before being committed to the program. Referrals will be made by either the correctional work center staff or by a person interest and need.