Meals: Inmates are served three (3) times a day, including weekends and holidays. A menu is utilized that meets the registered dietary allowance for those leading a moderately active lifestyle. The daily average calorie count for the menu is not less than 2100 calories. Meals are never withheld as a disciplinary measure.
Religious Services: A portion of the Howard County Criminal Justice Center is utilized for religious services. Volunteer ministers from several area churches donate their time to conduct services for inmates. Two services are conducted weekly, rotating units in order that every unit can attend a service at least every other week. (excluding disciplinary and protective custody units). The Howard County Chaplaincy Staff is available for Bible study and individual counseling on an as needed basis as time allows. No religious materials, including Bibles, jewelry, etc., may be brought to the jail for inmates.
Educational and Rehabilitative Services: GED classes are held during the school calendar year. The Howard County Criminal Justice Center offers AA, substance abuse counseling, One Church-One Inmate, SSDS, Right Start/Right Step and other self-assisting programs including programs from the Board of Health. Applications for these classes are approved by the instructor and approved by the jail administrators.
Clothing: The Howard County Criminal Justice Center does not accept clothing from outside this facility. Inmates can purchase clothing items (underwear, t-shirts, socks, etc.) from commissary. One set of clothing will be accepted one week in advance if an inmate is scheduled for a jury trial. An inmate's personal clothing (underwear, socks, etc.) are collected and sent out two times weekly for laundering.
Health and Medication: Doctor call is held weekly at the Howard County Criminal Justice Center and inmates are required to pay a minimal fee for services and prescriptions. Nurse call is available daily and a fee may be charged for this service. Indigent inmates will not be denied treatment, however a negative balance will be held against their account. Indigent inmates will be provided with the minimum necessary healthcare items weekly. Only prescription medication will be accepted. It will be given to the medical staff for conformation with the jail physician and dispensed accordingly. Dentist call is also held on a weekly basis and there is a fee for this service.
Telephone Use: Telephones are available in the general population pods for collect calls only. They can be used during the house of 9AM and 9PM except during lock down times. This privilege may be denied at any time at the discretion of the jail staff for several reasons that may or may not be explained. This privilege is not available for inmates housed in restrictive housing and lock down units. All local calls are charged to the called party at the rate of $4.25 for each 15 min. phone call.