The Sheriff’s Department’s Reentry Services Division seeks to enhance the welfare of County Jail inmates through a number of programs. Programs vary between facilities, and eligibility may be limited to certain security classifications. Inmates may meet with a Correctional Counselor to participate in “prescriptive programming,” a process by which the inmate’s needs are identified, and a plan is established to meet those needs. Programs offered by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department include:
- Psycho-Social Programs - Inmates are offered ongoing classes to promote cognitive self-change through evidenced based programs. Classes include but are not limited to Thinking for a Change, Successful Reentry Class, Parenting, Substance Abuse, Anti-Theft, Anger Management, Healthy Relationships, Self Help, Reading Legacies, Project In Reach, PRO Mentors and Life Skills.
- Educational Services - In collaboration with Grossmont High School District, inmates may receive courses in the High School Equivalency Exam, Adult Basic Education, and Computer Literacy.
- Vocational Education - Inmates learn valuable skills and may receive certifications, preparing them for employment opportunities in the community. Vocational opportunities include Culinary Arts, Food Handler's, Serv Safe, Commercial Laundry, Janitorial Trades, Print Shop Trades, Production Sewing, Landscape Maintenance, Employment for Life, Construction Trades and CIVIC'S Landscape.
- Wellness - Provides inmates with an opportunity to work on building and maintaining healthy lifestyles through wellness education. Classes include but are not limited to Stress Management, Meditation, Healthy Living, Financial Planning, Yoga, Jail Guitar Doors, HIV Awareness and ACA/Medi-Cal Enrollment.
- Incentive Based Housing - Is a specialized housing area offering inmates an opportunity to participate in a therapeutic community focused on evidenced based programming and accountability to change criminal behavior.
- Veterans Moving Forward - In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the veterans module is dedicated to assisting our incarcerated veterans by providing them the necessary in custody programs, services and community resources to reduce their rate of recidivism.
- Religious Services - In partnership with community volunteers, multi-denominational worship services and Bible studies are offered. Inmates may also receive visits from Clergy members.
- Pro Per Services - Inmates who represent themselves in court proceedings receive support in the form of the Legal Research Area, telephones, supplies, and limited office work (e.g., photocopying)
- Work Release and County Parole — Opportunities exist for low-risk inmates to meet their legal obligations while continuing to work in the community.
Qualified inmates may register to vote while in custody. Inmates who are registered voters and who request to exercise their voting privileges on an election day will be assisted by a facility staff member in obtaining an absentee ballot and lawfully delivering it to a voting poll.
County Parole is an early release program intended for low risk offenders. Inmates with extensive criminal histories, violent offenses, sexual offenses, or behavioral problems while in custody are considered poor candidates. Inmates may apply after they are sentenced to local custody, but will not be eligible for parole consideration until they have served half of their sentence. Inmates who wish to apply must notify their facility Correctional Counselor in writing.
Inmates should have post-release plans in place that they can present to the Parole Board members. These plans include housing, educational or rehabilitative programs, employment, etc. Those granted parole will be supervised and required to abide by all conditions and rules imposed by the County Parole Board.
EXERCISE AND RECREATION
Inmates have the opportunity to visit recreation areas at least twice weekly, for a minimum total of three hours. These areas provide space for exercise and recreation not available in their regular housing units. Under normal conditions, inmates are provided access to televisions, board games, and playing cards in their housing units.
Reading materials including books and newspapers are provided to inmates in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Detention Facilities. A variety of materials including religious, educational and recreational reading materials are made available. Inmates may also have books, newspapers, and periodicals sent to them per the guidelines regarding mail.
Legal reference materials are available by request through an off-site contract provider.