The Sheriff’s Department’s Inmate 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
- Individual and Group Counseling
- HIV Pre- and Post-test Counseling
- 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 Law Library access,
telephones, supplies, and limited office work (e.g.,
- Work Release and County Parole—Opportunities exist for
low-risk inmates to meet their legal obligations while
continuing to work in the community.
- CPS Contact Visits—As part of a family reunification program,
women inmates may be eligible for contact visits in order to
maintain parental relationships with their children.
- United Through Reading - A workshop is held to discuss the
benefits of reading aloud with children. Inmates are then
recorded on DVD reading aloud to their child; the book and DVD
are sent home to the child. The child is then able to see the
parent reading aloud and follow along in the book.
- Pregnant Inmate Program—Drug treatment and education services
are available for female inmates. Pregnancy verification is
- Print Shop—In partnership with the Grossmont High School
District, inmates receive valuable vocational training in a
print shop located on the grounds of the East Mesa Detention
Facility. Students learn printing, engraving, laminating,
silk-screening, binding, and computer graphics.
- Correctional Counselor Programs— Ongoing classes are offered
in Parenting, Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Anger
Management, GED/High School Diploma, Adult Basic Education, and
English as a Second Language.
- Nursery and Landscape Trades—Students receive classroom and
practical instruction in planting, landscape maintenance, and
the care of landscape tools while gaining experience at the
Las Colinas Detention Facility.
- Building Trades—Students learn basic construction skills,
preparing them for employment opportunities after release.
- Office Occupations Classes—Students at the Las Colinas
Detention Facility learn basic computer skills, preparing them
for employment in the business community.
- Clothing Manufacturing Center—Students learn to fabricate and
repair clothing, bedding, and other items. The production of
jail clothing in this program results in considerable savings to
Inmates who are registered voters may vote in elections using an
absentee ballot. Requests should be directed to a Correctional
Counselor, using an inmate request form, up to 60 days before an
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
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.