Inmate programs available at Pickaway Correctional Institution in Orient, Ohio, include the Oasis Therapeutic Community program and the inmate-powered OPI Print Shop, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The facility also offers an adoptable dog program that lets inmates foster and train abandoned dogs prior to community adoption.
The facility’s Oasis Therapeutic Community program works with male offenders with substance abuse issues, notes the Department for Rehabilitation and Correction. The program offers shared therapy, group encounters, organized recreation opportunities and communal meetings. The program features two components, including one in the prison and another that based in the local community.
The prison’s OPI Print Shop gives offenders employment opportunities printing various forms, cards, fliers and other materials, notes the Department for Rehabilitation and Correction. Other community service programs include a Crayon to Computers program and Pilot Dogs program.
In addition, the facility offers educational opportunities and job training via Sinclair Community College, with certificate offerings including bakery specialist, user support technician and social service assistant. Additional coursework in computers and re-entry preparation are available. Inmates also receive literacy, pre-GED, GED and adult basic education coursework, if desired. To further inmate literacy, the facility offers an on-site reading room operated by inmates who read to children visiting the prison.