Programs & Services


The Goodhue County Adult Detention Center Program office will provide a comprehensive and elaborate design of programs and services designed to help detainees develop the tools necessary for positive lifestyle changes.


By implementing specific programs and services, the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center shall contribute to the reduction of offender recidivism by utilizing the time that detainees spend incarcerated to help educate and develop skills for a more positive reintegration into society.


After classification, programs staff will conduct a detainee assessment interview where the detainee needs will be addressed. Detainees will then receive information on available programs and services and a review of recommendations and options. Detainees will then have the opportunity to attend and participate in programs and services that yield therapeutic, educational, recreational and re-directional latitude in order to meet those needs and to achieve specific goals.

Programs Staff

Programs Director Justin Heiden and Assistant Programs Director Tabatha Manke and approx 50 volunteers and facilitators staff the Detention Center Programs and Services Office. Their main responsibilities are to research, develop, organize, schedule, maintain and supervise the detainee programs and services taking place in the facility. Programs and services available to detainees may include but are not limited to:

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Educational Programs

  • GED Preparation
  • GED Testing
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Creative Writing
  • Adult basic Education
  • Pre-Release Program

Library Services

  • Facility Librarian
  • Magazines / Newspapers
  • Law Library
  • Fiction / Non Fiction & Resource Books

Recreational Programs

  • Gymnasium Recreation
  • Cardiovascular Exercise Equipment
  • Exercise / Fitness Education
  • Board Games
  • Card Games

Religious Services

  • Bible Study
  • Church Services
  • One to One Counseling
  • Chaplin Services
  • Resource Books

Therapeutic Programs

  • Anger Management
  • Conflict Resolution / Management
  • Domestic Violence
  • Life Skills Education
  • Cognitive Skills

Re-Directional Programs

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling
  • Audio / Video Presentations
  • Self Help Pamphlets / Brochures / Book
  • Parenting
  • Job Skills and Preparation

A Self Supported System

Other than the programs staff employed by Goodhue County, the programs and services department is fully self supported and funded through revenues that are collected from the detainees themselves through our commissary vending services, phone call commissions and sale of pre-paid phone call cards. We average annual revenues in excess of $85,000 through these services. Tax payer dollars are not used. Additionally, the programs and services office utilizes mostly volunteers to facilitate the programs offered. Very few are paid for services.

The programs area consists of:

  • 2,007 sq. ft. gymnasium available to detainees and staff with available volleyball, handball and two half court basket ball areas
  • 4 multi-purpose educational classrooms
  • A computer lab
  • A library with fiction, non-fiction, educational and informational material available
  • Exercise and recreational equipment
  • Placed within the living units there are numerous board and card games and two ping-pong tables that are rotated between the living units