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From The Heart . . . Stories of Thanks and RedemptionM.E.R.I.T. Life in LA County Jail can be rough, there are many that live in fear and pretend to be tough. There are big guys, small guys, tall, hairy, bald, and fat, there are many and plenty of guy
Education Based Incarceration Grand Opening of the Community Re-Entry Resource Center for Recently Released InmatesEducation Based Incarceration Grand Opening of the Community Re-Entry Resource Center for Recently Released Inmates. On Thursday, May 22, 2014, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department held the grand opening of its first ever Community Re-entry Resource Center (CRRC).
System would change how L.A. County inmates get early releaseThe Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is considering a new system for deciding which jail inmates get released early by making predictions about who is most likely to commit new crimes.
LA County Jail Education Programs Transform LivesIn 2011 the Governor’s public safety realignment strategy meant low-level, non-violent offenders and parole violators would serve their terms in county jails, closer to support systems and evidence-based rehabilitative programming designed by officials of the state’s 58 counties.
How Inmate Sentencing works with Good Time and Work Time Release CreditsA brief explaination of how sentencing works when given release credits for Good Time or Work Time.
EBI Service Pin CeremonyOn October 30th, 14 members of the Education Based Incarceration Bureau were honored by Commander Stephen Johnson and Captain Mike Bornman for their service milestones, including 10, 15, 20, 25, and even 30 years of service for one of our deputies! Each of the employees, which included both sworn and professional staff, received recognition pins from the County of Los Angeles and the Sheriff's Department
Inmates get a clean slate by removing tattoosWhittier Daily News reports on inmates at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles receiving the opportunity for a clean slate by having their tattoos removed. The article states that inmates are able to receive this service by attending many of the educational classes offered by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Education Based Incarceration Bureau.
"Creating A Life Worth Living"The California State Sheriffs’ Association has been a dedicated and reliable resource linking various Sheriff Agencies to one another and has provided valuable information regarding innovative quality services provided to citizens of this state. In the July 2013 issue of California Sheriff, Los Angeles County Sheriff, Leroy D. Baca, discusses Los Angeles County’s active approach to reducing recidivism by incorporating education into the jail environment. LA County’s Education Based Incarceration Bureau has recruited trained deputies, custody assistants, and knowledgeable volunteers from the Los Angeles Community to assist inmates in obtaining the tools necessary to make positive and effective changes in their lifestyles to prevent future infractions.
12 Incarcerated Mothers Reunite with Their Children for the First "Mother's Day" CelebrationLos Angeles County Jail Inmate Mothers Reunite with Their Children at Mother’s Day CelebrationOn Friday, July 26, 2013, the Education Based Incarceration Bureau (EBI) hosted the first “Mother’s Day” event at Pitchess Detention Center (PDC). EBI Bureau coordinated the transport of 12 female inm
Education Based Incarceration Bureau First Female Fire CampOn Wednesday July 3, 2013, staff from the Inmate Fire Training Facility (Fire Camp) at Pitchess Detention Center (PDC) began an “Introduction to Fire Camp Training” course for female AB109 inmates int
Follow Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on PinterestLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department has encapsulated the various inmate engaging activities and programs that occur within the jail facilities on Pinterest.
50 Twin Towers Jail Inmates Graduate MERIT with Life Skills & GED'sFifty male inmates at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles were presented with Life Skills and General Educational Development (GED) certificates by Sheriff Lee Baca during graduation ceremonies held on Thursday, April 11, 2013, inside the jail. Two inmates also received their high school diplomas.
50 Male Inmates From Pitchess Detention Center South Facility Reunite with Their ChildrenNearly 50 male inmates from the Pitchess Detention Center South Facility in Castaic were united with their children Friday afternoon, April 26, 2013, in a family oriented, carnival style atmosphere that included food, music and games for the kids.
Inmate Mother of 3 Takes Advantage of Education Classes while IncarceratedCentury Regional Detention Facility Inmate Mother Takes Advantage of Education Classes while Incarcerated and Improves her Reading Level, Earns Life Skills Certificate and 2 parenting Certificates
The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Education Based Incarceration Bureau's (EBI), Community Transition Unit (CTU) Hosted its First Sheriff's Community Alliance Meeting at the California Endowment CenterThe Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Education Based Incarceration Bureau's (EBI), Community Transition Unit (CTU) hosted its First Sheriff's Community Alliance Meeting at the California Endowment Center.
120 Men's Central Jail Inmates Graduate Sheriff's Education Based Incarceration MERIT Program with LIfe Skills Certificates, GED's, and High School Diplomas120 male inmates at the Men's Central Jail Facility in Los Angeles were presented with Life Skills, Plumbing, Computer, Art Appreciation and Parenting Certificates. Several graduates also received General Educational Development (GED) certificates and High School Diploma's by Sheriff Lee Baca during graduation ceremonies held on Tuesday June 4, 2013, inside the jail.
Sheriff's Tattoo Removal Program Helps Offer Inmates a Clean SlateInmates in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department have the opportunity to participate in a tattoo removal program. Tattoos were once considered permanent, but are now possible to remove them using laser treatments. The tattoo program utilizes the latest technology in tattoo removal and it has been a great success.
Community Based Alternatives to Custody Treatment ServicesIn July of 2013, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Education Based Incarceration Bureau’s Community Transition Unit (CTU) implemented the Women’s Pilot Project. This project identifies low risk female inmates who have participated in EBI in custody programs through a comprehensive assessment process and matches them to community-based programs that best address their specific needs.
Female Inmates Celebrate Graduation Behind BarsFemale Inmates from Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, finalize their studies and look toward a brighter future Under maximum security, and without the presence of relatives or friends, 85 inmates from the CenturyRegional Detention Center yesterday lived a very special moment in their lives: graduated from MERIT educational program.
Animals Today – April 21, 2013 Los Angeles Canine Custody Program; Rhino horn poachingThe topic for the first two segments was a great new program being conducted at the Los Angeles County Jail called the Custody Canine program. Sergeant Ray Harley, from the LA County sheriff’s department, and Rick Belmonte, of Belmonte’s Dog Training and Equipment described how dogs from shelters are trained by the inmates and prepared for adoption. The benefits to the men and the dogs are substantial.
Pitchess East graduates first EBI classFive dozen inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center proudly took the jail’s podium Thursday as the East facility's first graduating class from the Sheriff Department’s newly launched Education Based Incarceration program.
Program pairs dogs with Men's Central Jail inmatesLOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Inmates at the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail are being given the opportunity to take part in a program to prepare rescue dogs for adoption. The Custody Canine Program is a first-of-its-kind program in the jail that teaches inmates how to train dogs.
Los Angeles Expanding Plan to Have Inmates Help Save Strays by kiiiTVLOS ANGELES (ABC) - As part of a new program in Los Angeles, dogs that are not adopted and would otherwise be euthanized are finding a home and a role in society.
Inmates Prepare 'Death Row' Dogs for Adoption ABC NewsInside the Los Angeles County Jail behind these bars. Dogs once destined for death row are getting a second chance at life and thanks to some unlikely companions. I think it's a good thing for these guys -- Cesar cunanan is one of 36 inmates responsible for taking care of two dogs every five weeks who were only days away from being euthanized.
Custody Canine Program Inside LA Co. Men's Central Jail Teaches Inmates How to Train & Care for (rescued) Dogs- LASDInmates at the Men's Central Jail are participating in a unique program known as the "Custody Canine Program." Dogs are being housed with the inmates who learn to apply canine training and housebreaking skills to prepare them for adoption. The county jail inmates volunteer for the specialized program, which is offered through the Education Based Incarceration Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Inmates Refurbish Eyeglasses for UnderprivilegedThe Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Partners with Lion’s Club International on the Folsom Project for Special Needs Inmates ..
A Few Words About Recidivism and Safer JailsRecidivism. At first glance, the word seems easy enough to define. Upon closer inspection, however, we begin to realize that the word resembles an onion, whose layers must be painstakingly removed, on by one. While researching this publication, it became clear that the word recidivism can mean a great many things to a great many people.
Maximizing Education Reaching Individual Transformation - MERITFrom Law Enforcement ... In the wake of a state budget crisis, LASD isn’t giving up, especially when it comes to the housing of the new “state” inmates commonly referred to as AB109ers. Click to read more from this article.
SHARE Tolerance Program Is Now In CustodySince its introduction to the general public in late 2008, the SHARE Tolerance program has been experienced by thousands of middle school and high school students throughout Los Angeles County. The pr
Maximizing Education Reaching Individual Transformation What Do You Do for Los Angeles County Inmates?One of LASDs exemplary programs is Maximizing Education Reaching Individual Transformation, also known as the MERIT program. This program is overseen by the Education Based Incarceration Bureau (EBI
EBI's Custody Veteran's ProgramThe Veteran’s program is a component of the Education Based Incarceration Bureau, and focuses on military veterans within the Los Angeles County Jail system. The program provides training related to l
Community Transition Unit: Help While in Custody and after your release!The Community Transition Unit (CTU) was established in April 2001 to identify and link inmates to public, private, faith-based (FBO) and community-based (CBO) organizations’ services upon their releas
EBI Attends the 2013 Special Olympics Torch Run Kick-OffThe 2013 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Kick-Off ceremony was held at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's STAR's Center located in Whittier, CA.
EBI Is Up With The Incarcerated Parents ProjectThe Incarcerated Parents Project (IPP) was founded January 2010. The primary goal of the IPP is to help incarcerated parents develop and maintain positive relationships with their children during and
How Inmate Correctional Programs are funded with LASD?The Inmate Welfare Fund (IWF) exists by way of statutory authority granted to the Sheriff to establish, maintain and operate a store in connection with the county jail. The sale price of articles offe
EBI’s Jail Enterprises UnitAs a part of the Education Based Incarceration Bureau, the Jail Enterprises Unit (JEU) works with the inmate vocational training programs to provide appropriate occupational and workplace skills to in
An Unlikely Union At The Emerging Leaders AcademyHow do you define a leader? For one group, it starts with potential. Add a little commitment. Toss in some new tools. Stir in hours of education. Wrap it all up with a formal send-off. That's the recipe for success at the Emerging Leaders Academy.
Education Based Incarceration Programs
Education Based Incarceration Academic ProgramsThe 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.
Vocational (Career Technical) ProgramsThe Sheriff's Department offers a wide variety of industrial training courses designed to increase the likelihood of employment in specific vocations after release. Here are a few examples of the current and growing list of vocational training courses available:
Cement and Concrete Block MasonryTeaches a wide variety of modern masonry techniques, including barbecue patios, block wall buildings and fire pits.
Art Education:This program develops general art skills, techniques, and aesthetic expression related to artistic and professional practice in the media
Automobile Body Repair and Detailing:This is a comprehensive course that features repairs, maintenance, welding, power tools, metal techniques, spray painting, refinishing and detailing.
Commerical Painting:Includes instruction in brushes, rollers, spray equipment, abrasive blasting, and rigging/scaffolding.
Building MaintenancePrepares students for careers in the rapidly growing field of custodial maintenance, basic repairs, floor care, and insect and rodent control.
Residential Construction:A comprehensive course from foundation to roofing and everything in between.
Commerical WeldingTeaches the full spectrum of various types of commercial welding
Computer Operations:Covers the basics of Microsoft Office 2010 suite operations, Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Excel.
Landscaping:This growing industry offers career potential on a number of levels, and the courses train students in lawn care, irrigation, plant care, and basic landscape design.
Culinary Arts:Active training in food services, baking, cooking and the full spectrum of food preparation career preparation.
Directory Assistance Operator:This is an entry-level training course for state of the art telecommunications, taught by a contracted education agency. Inmate students provide information services on three shifts, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Print Shop:The 19,000 square feet commercial-based print shop is located at Pitchess Detention Center. Students are taught basic and advanced printing application using state-of-the-art printing equipment. The print shop produces products such as forms, flyers, brochures, invitations, envelopes and magazines.
Wood Shop:The wood shop provides both classroom instruction and hands-on training in numerous types of woodworking, such as Millwork, Finish Carpentry and Cabinet making. Students also repair furniture and craft large outdoor signs for Sheriff's Department facilities.
Sew Shop:This shop introduces students to the power-sewing industry. They produce all the inmate clothing, linen, property bags and mattresses.
Wheelchair Repair Shop:Students repair wheelchairs for the Medical Services Bureau, while the backs and seats are sewn at the Sew Shop.
Sign Shop:Here, students learn basic computer-aided fabrication and are introduced to graphic arts design. In addition to signs, they also produce engraved awards such as plaques, trophies and medallions.
Bike Shop:The bicycle repair shop receives donated bikes from commercial bicycle shops throughout the county, as well as abandoned property. Students repair and refurbish them from start to finish, providing practical instruction in mechanics, repair and maintenance.
Plastic Bag Manufacturing:This program supplies much of the Department's requirement for lunch bags and large trash bags. Students learn industrial machine operations, packaging and small-scale warehousing.
Commercial Embroidery Shop:Inmates learn embroidery basics, machine maintenance, and technical applications. The students use cutting-edge, computerized embroidering machines.
Pet Grooming:Teaching skills used in the pet-service industry, this training prepares students for jobs in such businesses as kennels, animal shelters, pet shops and pet salons.
Commercial Landscaping, Plant Nursery, Landscaping and GroundskeepingThis program prepares inmate students for careers in plant farm management, including orchards, vineyards, and tree and shrub nurseries. The Department operates a large nursery and provides training in nursery operations, equipment maintenance, horticultural skills, soil preparation, plant propagation, and sprinkler installation and maintenance.
Behavioral Modification Courses:EBI offers a wide variety of such critical thinking and perception courses taught using a modern interactive method known as “facilitation.”
Changing How We Think:Students learn how our internal thoughts affect our feelings, not external things like people or events. By changing how we think, we can change how we feel and behave.
Domestic Violence:Helps students understand what constitutes an abusive relationship and how to develop the skills necessary to resolve conflicts constructively.
How to Get a Job:Teaches students the basics of conducting a job search, preparing a resume, and participating in a job interview.
Education is a Way of Life:Offers an overview of how to obtain a basic GED and enroll in college courses, as well as how to access resources available to students, including local libraries and other services in their communities.
Substance Abuse Education:This course covers the physiology and psychology of substance abuse, including the effects of drugs and alcohol on the mind and body, and strategies for quitting.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People:Covers the basics of Dr. Steven Covey's popular course, including being proactive, putting first things first, seeking first to understand, and synergy.
Parenting:Discusses the techniques and skills of effective parenting, including behavioral modification techniques.
Leadership Training:Offers the basics of individual and group leadership, including the importance of values, ethics, and attitudes.
Interpersonal Communication:Discusses the interpersonal communication process, including verbal and non-verbal language, conflict management, and causes of miscommunication.
Conflict Resolution:This course focuses on how to manage and resolve interpersonal conflicts, including managing our responses, achieving rapport, taking perspective, and managing emotions.
Anger Management:Helps students understand how to recognize and control emotions, resolve conflicts, and improve interpersonal relationships.
Moral Reconation Training (MRT):This is a systematic, cognitive behavioral, step by step treatment strategy designed to enhance self-image, promote growth of a positive productive identity and facilitate the development of higher stages of moral reasoning.
Multidisciplinary and Hybrid Programs:Comprehensive, three-dimensional, or "wrap-around" educational and therapeutic courses. EBI has developed a full spectrum of academic, vocational, cognitive behavioral, and other comprehensive techniques.
Maximizing Education Reaching Individual Transformation (M.E.R.I.T.): Through personal accountability, and increases the student's skills at utilizing options and resources for success. The five pillars of MERIT consist of anger management, parenting, relationships, drug education, and spiritual growth.
Hollywood Impact:The goal of Hollywood Impact Studios is to bring new hope and a brighter future to those individuals who have been dealt a tough hand in life; to use the art of television and film making to change lives; and to provide a training ground where Hollywood professionals mentor these individuals in order to identify and develop their individual talent for a career in Hollywood, with the result of producing top network quality programming.
Social Mentoring Academic & Rehabilitative Training (SMART)SMART is an internationally recognized model in dealing with the multiple issues experienced by gay and transgender inmates within the jail system.
Stop Hate And Respect Everyone (SHARE)The SHARE Tolerance program's focus is on exposing the harms caused by hate crimes, and teaching respect and tolerance for all.
Gender Responsive Rehabilitation (GRR):GRR addresses the specific needs of women inmates, and is based on sound scientific research into trauma, abuse, poverty and other factors that lead women into addiction and criminal behavior.
Getting Out by Going In (GOGI):For male and female inmates is committed to nurturing the internal change that comes from positive education and self-empowerment. Yoga and self-help programming are included.
Incarcerated Parenting Program (IPP):Through the IPP program, visits between minor children and their incarcerated parents are facilitated.
IMPACT Program:Inmates in this program are selected by designated Drug Courts in the County and participate in a twelve-step curriculum, which is partially based upon the tenets of the Narcotics Anonymous program.
Spiritual Growth Programs:Los Angeles County is home to persons of nearly every nationality, ethnicity and religious belief in the world, our inmates reflect the same diversity. The Jail Chaplaincy Program now includes 290 ordained or licensed chaplains and more than 1,800 religious or spiritual volunteers representing major faith groups as well as lesser-known sects and denominations.
Malachi Men:Operated by the Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita, Malachi Men is a 12-week Bible study course designed to train men how to be Godly men, husbands and fathers.
Returning Hearts:Returning Hearts unites children with their inmate fathers and grandfathers to begin the long road of breaking the cycles of crime and incarceration.
The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI):TUMI is a seminary-style religious educational program designed to train pastors and church leaders among inmates who demonstrate spiritual leadership.
School of Ministries:A short-term seminary program for inmate students who wish to prepare for a career as a pastor or minister. It features Bible studies, research techniques, and public speaking, and is taught by five pastoral assistants. The curriculum comprises 120 classroom hours over a three-month period.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Courses:These include several programs designed according to the Twelve-Step model, such as Celebrate Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and others.
Family Outreach Program:This program helps the families of inmates with spiritual and religious concerns and offers referrals to 12-Step Programs, places of worship, free legal services, spouse/child abuse programs, food banks, crisis interventions, parenting classes and financial services that are available in their communities.
Friends Outside:Friends Outside provides confidential services to inmates, including those newly released, and their families. They offer support to inmates' families and friends by providing information regarding procedures for depositing money, picking up inmate property, and inmate visiting, including transportation
Funeral/Hospital Visits:When an inmate learns of an immediate family members death or hospitalization, members of RVS can assist with visitation arrangements. Under specific conditions, an inmate may be escorted by deputy personnel to visit a family member in hospital, attend the viewing of a deceased relative, or attend their funeral services.
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