Choices For Change

Kendra Jochum
Deputy Warden of Programs and Services​
Montgomery County Correctional Facility
Address: 22880 Whelan Lane, Boyds, Maryland 20841 | Telephone: (240) 773-9982 | Directions | Bus Schedule | Inmate Visiting

The Choices For Change program is one of the primary programs offered to offenders at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. The program is conducted in a therapeutic community setting within three housing pods, one for female offenders, one for adult male offenders and one for male youthful offenders ages 21 and under.

Program Information

  • The Choices For Change program is based upon the Carey Guides. Utilizing evidence-based practices, the Carey Guides were developed by corrections professionals working with offenders under various levels of criminal justice supervision. The Carey Guides provide a method for staff to assist offenders in identifying their criminogenic needs. This process enables offenders to recognize and begin to understand both personal and environmental factors which have contributed to their criminal and anti-social behavior. By working through various exercises, referred to as “Tools”, offenders can learn the skills they need in order to make positive changes in the future.
  • The essence of the Choices For Change program is the reality that every single day, each person is faced with making choices which potentially impact the quality of one’s life as well as affecting the lives of those around us.
  • ​Oftentimes, offenders have not learned appropriate and effective ways of dealing with life’s challenges and problems and have, as a result, resorted to criminal behavior. By addressing key areas such as anger, anti -social thinking, problem-solving, emotional regulation and interpersonal skills, offenders can begin to question their harmful behaviors, which truly is the first step in becoming motivated to change. By honestly working on the “Tools”, actively participating in group discussions and applying the lessons learned, individuals in this program give themselves the opportunity to create a more positive and productive life.