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Education Based Incarceration Academic and Vocational Programs offered at Men's Central Jail

The Sheriff's Department, through the Education Based Incarceration Bureau, contracts with approved adult educational schools to provide courses at all jail facilities. The curriculum is based on California state standards, and is kept up to date with current requirements. It includes: Adult Basic Education: This series of courses is offered to students preparing for the formal GED preparation course. It features a systematic "building block" approach to development of improved reading, writing, and math skills. General Educational Development: For inmate students who have not yet achieved a high school diploma, this program offers an alternative diploma in the form of a state-approved equivalency series in the areas of language arts (reading, writing, and comprehension skills), mathematics, science, and social studies.


1) PLUMBING- Teaches the basics of plumbing, measuring, planning and design.

2) PAINT CREW- Teaches inmates commercial painting prep and basics.

3) LIFE SKILLS- Parenting, Personal Relationships (anger management and Domestic Violence) Sub abuse 12 steps devotional

4) EBI YELLOWBOOK MERIT MASTERS- Inmate Mentors teach the Sheriff's briefings to other inmates.

5) SHARE TOLERANCE- A partnership between the LASD and the Museum of Tolerance to help inmates understand cultural diversity and acceptance.

6) CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY- Helps inmates understand the long term effects of drug use. Teaches inmates healthy habits and how to avoid triggers.

7) KEEPING IT REAL- 6 sessions of Substance abuse and HIV awareness provided by the Center For Health Justice

8) PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE- Devotional class based on the book A Purpose Driven Life.

9) SCHOOL OF MINISTRY- Biblical study and leadership class provided by Chaplin Mike Reed that teaches inmates how to prepare for a life in Ministry service upon their release.

10) POETRY AND MUSIC- Designed by MCJ C/A Booker. Inmates are introduced to poetry using musical influence.

11) POETRY AND MUSIC- SPANISH Designed by MCJ C/A Booker. Inmates are introduced to poetry using musical influence in Spanish.

12) ROCK SCHOOL (MCJ BAND)- Inmates are instructed on reading music and developing skills on guitar, bass, drums, and vocals

13) ANGER MANAGEMENT- Court recognized Anger management curriculum taught by Chaplin House

14) AA MEETING- 12 Steps program

15) PARENTING- Court certified Break Through Parenting classes


17) CUSTODY CANINE PROGRAM- Rescued dogs are brought into custody and trained by inmate trainers under the supervision of the Custody Canine program. Upon completion dogs are available for adoption.

18) ART CLASS- Basic drawing class. Instruction is based on inmates drawing ability

19) LAUSD SPECIAL ED- LA Unified School District provides one on one instruction to inmates between the ages of 18- 25 who have an existing IAP.

20) 12 WEEKS/ 12 STEPS- AA program

21) CHEMICAL DEPENDENCE- Helps inmates understand the long term effects of drug use. Teaches inmates healthy habits and how to avoid triggers.

22) EBI YELLOWBOOK- LASD staff volunteers instruct the Sheriff's briefings to Spanish speaking inmates.

23) ROCK SCHOOL (MCJ CHOIR)- Inmates are instructed on reading music and developing vocal skills.

24) N/A 2ND and 4TH- Thursday of the month Narcotics Anonymous

25) NEW DIRECTIONS- Taught by Retired Deputy Lanni. He speaks on motivation and self-improvement .

26) SPIRITUAL GROWTH- Bible study

27) FOLSOM PROJECT- Inmates are taught to measure and repair donated reading glasses. The glasses are then donated to individuals in need of eyeglasses within the community.

28) MALIKI DADS- Bible study and parenting class designed to reunify fathers with their children.

29) TUMI- Bible study designed to instruct inmates who graduate the school of ministry program.

30) IN AND OUT WRITERS- Creative writing class

MERIT Program
MERIT Program

SMART Program
SMART Program

MERIT Masters
MERIT Masters

Commercial Painting
Commercial Painting

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