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Sheriff's Message on Education Based Incarceration
"Creating a Life Worth Living"
As the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, I am charged with running the nation's largest jail system in a fair and impartial way. We know, from the documented high rates of recidivism across the nation, that traditional incarceration with punishment at its core simply does not work. In Los Angeles County we have developed a philosophy within the jails called Education Based Incarceration. This system works well within the boundaries of our Department Mission Statement and Core Values, by providing dignity in the jails.
Creating a system that reduces the risk and needs of its offenders through education and rehabilitation has shown significant success. It can be seen in reduced rates of recidivism, increased employability, and family reunification. In a very real sense, these are reinvestments in the communities within Los Angeles County.
People agree that education is a better option than incarceration. Unfortunately, some people make choices in their lives that land them in jail. The values needed to succeed in jail are often in direct conflict with societal norms. Education Based Incarceration creates a safe and empowering environment, conducive to learning and self-retrospection. It allows offenders to reprioritize their lives and opt for success!
It is a great honor to present this publication of the Education Based Incarceration Bureau, Custody Division of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Leroy D. Baca
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