Lee County Jail / Core Facility

Captain Scott Brock, Inmate Programs and Educational Services Commander

Ortiz Site (Core, CPU-Community Programs Units and Visitation Facilities)

Lieutenant Lisa Burch, Inmate Programs and Educational Services Assistant Commander

Lieutenant Lisa Burch is a Pearson View Certified Administrator and Administers General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Students prepare for and take the GED at the Lee County Corrections Facility.


Program Overview

The Department of Juvenile Justice teachers are located at the Ortiz site and the Lee County Jail, and serve students enrolled in the Lee County School District at a critical time in their lives. While awaiting trial and sentencing, or while incarcerated, the Lee County School District and the Lee County Sheriff's Office have worked jointly to provide a wide range of individualized instruction in all subject areas for these individuals. Instruction for both students enrolled in general education classes and specialized instruction with modifications to the grade level curriculum for students with disabilities is available, and participation is encouraged. Instruction occurs in a variety of orderly and respectful settings and is flexible based on student need. The School District of Lee County and Lee County Sheriff's Office provides an education that is both comprehensive and practical and encourages these young men and women to continue to learn in order to become productive members of society.

Course Offerings

Educational Class Hours:
8:00-11:00 Morning Session(s)
1:00-3:00 Afternoon Sessions


ESE Teacher
Contact Information: 239-258-2530 (Lee County Jail)

ESE Teacher
Contact Information: 239-258-3613 (Core Facility)

GED Instructors: (Monday through Thursdays)

Mrs. Murphy
GED Instructor
Contact Information: 239-258-3669

Mr. Rosier
GED Instructor
Contact Information: 239-258-3661

Inmate Programs And Educational Services 

Self Help Groups

For those inmates seeking assistance in their recovery, we have teams from outside agencies who hold regular meetings throughout the facility:

  • Abuse Counseling and Treatment
  • Al-Anon
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Cocaine Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Health Department
  • Contracted Community Treatment Provider

As part of our programs, we also have staff conducting classes and offering counseling in the following areas:

  • Anger Management
  • Alternatives to Domestic Violence
  • Parenting Skills
  • Victim Awareness
  • Theft Prevention

We also have several groups meeting on a regular basis from local churches who offer:

  • Bible Studies
  • Worship Services
  • Devotions

Cell Dog Program

This program is for approved inmates housed in the Community Programs Units who have been carefully screened and selected to become either primary or secondary dog handlers. The Cell Dogs are homeless dogs provided by Lee County Animal Services.

The inmates are trained by professional dog handlers in all aspects of obedience training, leash training, proper grooming, and the care and nutrition of their dogs. The dog remains with its handler for at least twelve weeks and sleeps in a cage next to his bed.

At the end of the twelve week course, the dogs are evaluated and those who pass their evaluation are put up for adoption. Through this program inmates are focus and learn a sense of responsibility. Inmates also learn marketable job skills, and attain a sense of satisfaction doing something positive for the dog and the community.


New Directions Program

New Directions is a 60 day, faith based program that is designed to equip inmates with the tools they need to change thoughts, actions and attitudes that have caused them so much difficulty in the past through a spiritual perspective. At the end of the 60 days, inmates will have been taught many subject matters, such as: not giving up, not settling for second best, difference between need and want, taking ownership of one's actions, anger, grief, steps to recovery, faith-based Life Skills, overcoming adversity, and the power of the mind.

It's purpose and focus is to see inmates not only change their lives, but that they begin to positively impact their community not just by words they speak but by the steps they take. It is the program's goal to develop a mentality of a doer of the Word, not just a hearer.

Substance Abuse Treatment Program

This six month program is for inmates who have substance abuse/addiction problems. Our program consists of intensive behavior modification classes as well as subjects covered in the Life Skill areas.

  • The effects and triggers of drug use.
  • Behavioral modification techniques to avoid triggers.
  • Group counseling sessions.
  • Intake assessments.
  • How to control your anger.
  • Domestic violence awareness and prevention.
  • How to avoid the people, places and things that can cause you to relapse.
  • Coping with life stressors.
  • Support networks and aftercare programs
  • Parenting education.

Life Skills Enhancement Program

The Life Skills Program is a three month curriculum designed to educate inmates to manage daily life challenges. This program concentrates on the following skills:

  • Basic hygiene and nutrition.
  • Communication skills.
  • Changing your thought patterns from criminal thinking to positive, constructive thinking.
  • Dealing with relationship issues.
  • The steps to follow in writing a resume, filling out a job application and applying for a job.
  • Money management and how to establish a budget.
  • How to improve your values and goals.
  • Parenting skills, the proper way to discipline your children.
  • How to problem-solve in a positive manner.
  • How to cope with stress while incarcerated.

Education Program

Adult Education/GED

For those adult inmates who were unable to complete their high school education, we offer the opportunity for study and testing for the General Education Development (GED). These services are provided by Lee County Sheriff's Office staff members who are also certified teachers.

These classes assess, test and evaluate students who learn at their own pace in the areas of writing, reading, math, social studies, and science. Upon completion of the coursework and successful testing, students will receive an official high school diploma from the State Education Office in Tallahassee, FL. 


Contracted with Lee County Board of Education

Students eighteen (18) years of age or younger or students with disabilities until their 22nd birthday, who do not have a High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) and are housed in the Corrections Bureau facilities, qualify for educational services while incarcerated.

Educational services provided at the facility are taught by certified Lee County Public School District teachers who follow the school calendar and curriculum.

Inmate Case Management

This program targets inmates who are at high risk to reoffend and sentenced three months to one year. If interested or in need of resources, send a request to Programs Office attention Case Management Coordinator Paul Merced.