College Classes Are Again Offered at Santa Barbara County Jails

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The inmates take advantage of a college course offered by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is again offering college classes in its jails for incarcerated people.

“Quality education is one of the most effective forms of crime prevention,” said Sheriff Bill Brown. “It builds self-esteem, breaks down racial and ethnic barriers and improves relationships. Public safety is enhanced by reducing the likelihood that inmates will re-offend and increasing their chances of success upon release.

The offerings are in collaboration between the Sheriff’s Office, Santa Barbara City College and Allan Hancock College.

For 106 people incarcerated at the main sheriff’s office jail, GED, personal development courses and ServSafe are offered. ServSafe prepares students for restaurant jobs while personal development courses increase leadership skills, management skills and educational planning, according to the sheriff’s office.

At the North Branch Prison, individuals can take health, safety and equipment courses, food preparation courses, and training in resume writing and career planning, among a host of other Classes. Students can also take an introductory course in social services with instruction encompassing certification and licensing in various fields, as well as information on stress management, self-care, cultural sensitivity and skills, as well as ethical and legal issues.

Instruction began this week for 53 students incarcerated in new classrooms at the North Branch Jail, according to a news release.

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Programs Unit will also offer classes on parenting, relationships and reading comprehension.

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