Volunteer Orientation & Application
We are happy you are considering volunteering on behalf of your charitable or religious organization to serve inmates and detainees. Lives are about to change for the better!
Each CCA facility that permits volunteers to serve inmates and detainees has a volunteer application that must be completed and returned to the facility. All applications are reviewed by CCA. Applicants are then verified by their respective charitable or religious organizations to ensure that prospective volunteers are approved to serve on behalf of the organization(s). Because we operate secure correctional facilities, there are a few things to consider before beginning your application process:
- Volunteers must be associated with, or working on behalf of, a third party such as a church, mosque, synagogue, school or charity.
- Volunteers may not serve in a facility where an immediate family member is an inmate.
- Individuals currently on bail, probation or parole are not permitted to volunteer in a correctional facility.
- If you have been convicted of a felony, your application will require special consideration. The application process may take a bit longer.
- Volunteers must have valid identification (drivers license, passport or other government ID).
- No martial arts or combat/defense-related classes are permitted.
- If the subject matter of your interest/instruction requires a specialized license (such as a medical or law license), all licenses must be up-to-date and valid within the state you are volunteering.
Selecting a CCA Facility
Our facilities are located across the country, in about 20 states. While some are in metropolitan cities, many of our correctional centers are in more remote locations. Click here to view all of our locations, so you can determine one or more places that might be accessible to you.
Orientation & Training
Once your volunteer application has been processed and approved, all new volunteers are required to attend a one-day orientation before your volunteer work may begin.Your organization, working with a CCA facility volunteer coordinator, will provide you with a date to attend and a list of the materials you will need to bring.
Orientation will familiarize volunteers with the safety and security procedures of a correctional facility such as:
- What to wear
- What you may bring into a correctional facility
- How to navigate the facility
- Entering the facility and other important facility protocols.
Following orientation, volunteers will be required to participate in two in-service trainings a year. Each training session is about four hours.
Volunteer Interest Form
If you are ready to discover where your talents are needed and take the next step toward volunteering, please submit the Volunteer Interest Form. It may take up to two weeks to receive a response. Thank you for your patience and interest.