he mission of the Programs Unit is to provide inmates with useful skills that can assist them in making positive life changes and a successful reentry into society. The Programs Unit utilizes community outreach programs and volunteers to offer inmates educational, religious, supportive and recreational services. The Programs Unit provides legal resource services to qualifying inmates who wish to obtain legal research and information.

The Programs Unit, with the assistance of the Pasco County School Board, provides GED courses and academic counseling services to juveniles and adults. GED courses are offered twice a year. The Inmate Welfare Fund covers the cost of testing for inmates that qualify for testing.

Baycare Community Health offers Anger Management, Strong Families, Parenting and Pregnancy/Post-Partum classes. Many of the classes are court approved and inmates receive certificates of attendance and completion.

The facility Chaplain seeks to meet basic spiritual needs of inmates with the assistance of the local faith based population.  Religious programs provided include prayer sessions, worship, bible studies and religious recovery programs. Programs support and encourage one’s personal growth and development.  Inmates housed in the faith-based housing unit are offered more intense, curriculum-based religious studies.

The Programs Unit strives to form partnerships with many transitional and recovery residences in the community to provide continued care for inmates upon release. Many of these organizations provide informative programs to the inmate population. Applications for acceptance into these facilities can be requested through the Programs Unit.

Employment services and applications are available to inmates through local job development programs.

Additional programs currently offered in the facility include substance abuse groups, mental health support groups, domestic violence services and veteran support services.

The Programs Unit is always seeking volunteers to assist in the development and delivery of programs that command productivity from the inmates during their time of incarceration. Prospective volunteers must complete the application process and undergo a background check. Volunteers do not receive any salary or benefits.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Land O’Lakes Detention Facility, please contact the Programs Unit at 1-800-854-1862, extension 6302 for further information.


Please complete an application and mail to:

Pasco Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: Programs Unit
20101 Central Boulevard
Land O’Lakes, FL 34637