The East Mesa Reentry Facility (EMRF) was initially
built as a probation camp in conjunction with the George F. Bailey
Detention Facility. It was turned over to the
San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
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EMRF is a
Type II medium security facility. It has
a Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)
rated capacity of 360 beds and currently has
over 500 available beds.
Laundry and food production for
EMRF and other facilities is
coordinated with the use of inmate workers at
the facility through
the department’s growing Inmate Industries Program.
The Inmate Industry Program also includes print-shop skills, janitorial services,
computer graphics and construction trades.
EMRF rests on eight acres in
San Diego County near the Otay Mesa border crossing.
It consists of
four inmate housing dormitories, a mess hall, several classrooms,
chaplain, counselor, and staff administrative offices. The
beautiful landscaping, softball field, volleyball
courts are maintained by the inmate work crews.
EMRF is able to provide more rehabilitative
programs than other jails due to the working nature of the facility.
In addition to earning a GED, inmates are able to earn certificates
in construction trades, printing press operation,
janitorial services, computer graphics and industrial
laundry machine operation. The Grossmont High School District
manages and teaches these programs. Due to the lower
classification and worker status of the inmates, they have more
benefits than inmates at high-security
more outside yard time, contact visits, and better recreational
EMRF recently went through a name change to reflect its
new mission in the Detentions Services Bureau; to operate the Reentry
services for the Sheriff’s Department.
The Sheriff’s Reentry Services Division is responsible for
the services that meet the challenge of reducing recidivism through a
coordinated comprehensive effort. The Division provides programs aimed
at educating offenders and changing their thinking through the use of
evidence based curriculums delivered by counseling professionals. The
staff of the Reentry Services Division collaborates with the San Diego
criminal justice partners to provide a case management system for
offenders to have a smooth reentry into our community.