A substantial number of inmates in our county jails have substance abuse problems, educational deficiencies, emotional and cognitive problems that hinder their ability to find employment and cope with everyday life. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office working together with the community can help to provided the opportunities and contacts needed to help inmate's function when they are eventually released.
Inmate Programs are not the only solution, but both
research and history tell us there is a significant link between a
lack of life skills, education, employment and incarceration. Inmate
Programs using the principals outlined in the book "The
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" and integrated into correctional
programs by Gordon Graham & Co. seeks
to teach these powerful lessons in personal change.
By supporting inmate programs that promote cognitive change, positive values, education and self-discipline we can help to reduce recidivism and break the cycle of failure for many adult offenders. What is invested in these individuals today may be gained in productive citizens tomorrow.
Ultimately, success in any program will be limited to those inmates who want to change and are willing to make great efforts to do so.
We are currently able to offer the following programs and/or services to Inmates:
Supported by the Ukiah Adult School this program is available to all inmates. However, only sentenced inmates may attend the classes in the Programs Building.
This is a broad program which covers a variety of adult education subjects. Inmates are assessed for educational strengths and weaknesses. Inmates are then assigned material which will help them in their areas of greatest need. For those wanting to complete their high school education we offer studies leading towards a General Education Diploma (G.E.D.) Certificate. Typing, literacy and basic computer skills are also taught.
A library, which includes life skills, educational, vocational, religious, and many other topics, is available in the classroom. Inmates may also view and listen to a wide variety of audio and video material on related subjects.
The Ukiah Adult School through its Independent Study Program also provides educational services to inmates who are unable to attend classes in the Programs Building. Independent study course work is available in basic adult education, addiction, anger and/or violence control, and parenting. Inmates can request to enroll in the program by completing an Inmate Request Form.
This program is presented by The Ford Street Project and is only available to sentenced male and female inmates.
This course will cover the following subjects: Personal Change; Rage, Recidivism & Recovery; Substance Abuse Recovery and Relapse Prevention, Breaking Barriers, Anger.
Available to sentenced male and female inmates this program is provided through a grant obtained by the Mendocino County Office of Education, Even Start Family Literacy Program. This class uses positive parenting techniques to teach participants how to: improve parenting skills and confidence with everyday situations in their families; increase skills in dealing with inappropriate and problem behaviors; learn age appropriate expectations of their child; enhance their ability to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for their child; increase their understanding of the parental/caretaker role in the development of a child's self esteem; explore the unique issues that exist for parents separated from their children due to their incarceration; share, question and explore together different issues on parenting in a safe, positive environment.
Inmates help civilian staff with landscaping and vegetable gardening around the jail complex. The vegetables grown on site are used by the kitchen in meals prepared for inmates.
Available to sentenced male and female inmates this course focuses on anger management and relationships. Individuals taking this course will receive information and learn skills that will enable them to deal with the issues of violence and anger in their lives.
Sponsored by The Even Start Family Literary Program this program provides volunteers who help incarcerated parents (and others significant to a child's life) read a children's book, which is recorded onto cassette tape, for their child. The tape and book are then mailed to the child. All expenses for this program as covered by Even Start or through donations. Available to sentenced male and female inmates.
Inmate Services maintains a law library for inmate use. The law library is located in Building One and includes the following material:
The following material and services are also available from the Inmate Services Co-coordinator:
Photo copying service - $1.00 first page and 25 cents each additional page. Inmate Law Library
Inmate Services provides table games such as chess, checkers, backgammon and other games to the housing units. New games are provided every three months. Inmates Services also provides and maintains static exercise equipment in the outdoor recreation yards and televisions in the housing units.
These programs can explore religious, moral and behavioral issues. The value of religious programs is that they teach the concepts of right and wrong, actions and consequences.
Religious programs also teach that there is something more powerful and profound than you are and at the very least provides a moral foundation to ward off the temptations that most inmates into trouble.
These services are provided by local churches and other religious groups in the community. Services can range from individual counseling, Bible studies and substance abuse groups.
Major service providers and programs:
Calvary Baptist Church
First Baptist Church of Ukiah
Seventh - Day Adventist Church
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