Our Mission Statement

TCSO Counseling and Education Services is a team of dedicated professionals, community partners and volunteers who offer quality programming concentrated on stabilization, self-improvement and transition back to the community by addressing the mental, emotional and educational needs of inmates.

Download the Inmate Programs Brochure.

Counseling and Education Programs are run by a team of six coordinators along with many partner agencies and volunteers who offer a variety of programming and classes to inmates.  

Education programming includes classes from basic literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), GED to an introduction to Austin Community College (ACC).  In addition, we offer enrichment classes such as mediation, yoga, art and seminars in health and finance.

In our counseling programs we provide treatment and support programs for female mothers, substance disorders and anger management.

Each housing unit has a copy of the Inmate Programs Brochure (this is link to the word doc) which is a course catalog of all the programs that are available to inmates.

Inmates can sign up for programs by sending an inmate request to Programs. Most classes have a waiting list so they will be placed on the list in the order that the requests are received.

Our programs are dependent on community agencies and volunteers; without them we could not provide most of the classes and programs that we do.

If you are interested in volunteering with us or have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the coordinators list below.

Jan Henry - Literacy and GED Coordinator
jan.henry@traviscountytx.gov or (512) 854-4180

Coordinates the volunteer literacy program, GED math classes and ESL provided through ACC, as well as special classes such as creative writing, tutoring and philosophy which are taught by volunteers.

Heather Stan - Wellness and Workforce
heather.stan@traviscountytx.gov  or (512) 854-5331

Coordinates the inmate computer lab, GED writing classes, Special Education Courses provided through Del Valle ISD and financial and health literacy education.

Megan Kunkle-Ballard - Youth and Veterans
megan.kunkle-ballard@traviscountytx.gov  or (512) 854-5329

Coordinates the spring and fall Second Chance Job and Resource Fair, GED reading classes, offender workforce sessions and job readiness classes provided by Goodwill Industries and also acts as librarian.

Please contact Megan if you have paperback books or magazines you would like to donate to our inmate library.

Jennifer Scott - Women, Families and Children Coordinator
jennifer.scott@traviscountytx.gov  or (512) 854-4180

Coordinates the People Recognizing the Inherent Dignity of Everyone (PRIDE) program for incarcerated mothers and Parents and Children Together (PACT) which is our parenting program.

Jennifer Hernandez - Substance Disorders and Anger Management Coordinator
(512) 854-1253

Coordinates the Rise Up and Preserving Our Worth Embracing Our Recovery (POWER) programs for substance disorders as well as the Sheriff’s Assault Prevention Program (SAPP).

Beverly Gentle - Volunteer Coordinator
beverly.gentle@traviscountytx.gov or (512) 854-9394

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