With the increase of inmates serving longer sentences due to state realignment, the Inyo County Jail (ICJ) is offering many more services for inmates so that time spent incarcerated is time spent working toward a new work skill or toward personal development. Some of the services offered include: GED and Job Skill Training, Kid and Parent University, Moral Recognition Therapy Class, Toiyabe Indian Health Project Services, Alcoholics Anonymous, Mental Health Services, as well as faith-based services. The staff at ICJ and the volunteers who assist in the programs really work hard to support the inmates with opportunities for self-improvement. The programs are a result of the collaborative effort of the Community Corrections Partnership (CCP).
As part of a career outreach program, coordinated with the Inyo County Office of Education which includes college information provided by the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and visits to various County departments, the Inyo County Jail offered tours to local high school students this week. All tours commenced in the booking/intake area of the jail, where some of the inmate and workplace protocols were discussed; and concluded with a tour of the law library and classroom area, where inmates can take their GED or take life skills classes. The ICJ tour is two-fold; students are able to see and hear what the responsibilities are for a career Correctional Officer at the Inyo County Jail, and they are reminded that illegal behavior has very real consequences. The career-related trips also help high school seniors better understand local government, which ultimately helps them to become more informed citizens. This is an excellent program, and the Sheriff’s Office is grateful to provide career information to Inyo County’s young adults.