San Bernardino County

Sheriff's Department


AA/NA/CA Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Cocaine Anonymous volunteer panels lead group meetings designed to assist in addiction or chemical dependency recovery.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Assistance with basic educational skills such as reading, math, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Anger Management

Teaches basic origins of human anger, examines the negative effects of anger, and provides skills on how to re-direct anger in a positive way.

Bakery and Pastry Arts

Prepare students in all aspects of commercial baking. Skills will be acquired in using recipes and baking ingredients to prepare breads and pastries for distribution and sales.

Basic Construction and Cal OSHA Certification

Curriculum introduces a variety of trades, including carpentry, masonry, ironworking, electrical, welding, and heavy equipment in a classroom environment.  Students complete the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Basic Safety module and are eligible for a Level 1 Modular certification in Basic Safety, in addition to meeting the requirements for the Cal OSHA 10-hour safety card.

Chaplain Visits:

Inmates may request religious or spiritual counseling and nondenominational religious services.

Cognitive Skills

Inmates learn to identify and change thinking errors through group interaction.

Culinary Arts

Provides instruction in general sanitation and safety, menu planning, cooking techniques, inventory control, the safe and proper use of kitchen tools and appliances, food preparation, service cashiering, and bussing. Instruction prepares students to take the Food Handler’s Certification exam.

Custodial Occupations

Provides training for entry-level positions as a custodian. Instruction includes safety practices, appropriates use of specialized chemicals and equipment, and sanitation procedures.

Employment Readiness

Provides motivation, goal setting, career counseling, resume writing, interview preparation, and job search assistance.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Credentialed ESL teachers provide leveled ESL instruction to monolingual and limited English-proficient students. Educational areas include, and is not limited to, math, workplace reading and writing, and other high school completion programs.

Gift-A-Quilt Program

A partnership between Bonnes Meres Auxiliary of Children’s Fund and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department provides quilts to needy and at risk children in the county’s public system. Quilts are made by female inmates at GHRC as resources permit.

High School Diploma

Increases the overall efficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening in English for students with limited skills. Partnership with Five Keys Schools and Programs.

HIV and AIDS Education:

Taught by Public Health Educators, focuses on prevention and intervention.

Individual and Group Counseling

A component of the Parental Intervention Project (PIP):  Case management and clinical counseling allows graduate student interns from Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Baptist Universities or Sheriff’s Social Workers to provide resources and services that support correction behaviors and thinking, as well as assistance with the transition to reentry.  Participants are provided with tools to be successfully integrated internally, in their interpersonal relationships, and with the community.

Job Fairs

Inmates are provided an opportunity to participate in face-to-face interviews with local employers and community-based organizations. The inmates’ interaction with employers allows them to put into practice the job seeking skills learned in the classroom.

Job Readiness

Facilitated by San Bernardino County Workforce Development  Specialists,  inmates complete training and education in the following areas:

  1. Comprehensive Career Assessments to identify interests, skills, values and barriers.

  2. Resume writing, interview skills, training and job search techniques.

  3. Goal setting, planning and evaluation.

Journaling (Independent Study)

Interactive journaling applies motivational interviewing principals, cognitive-behavioral strategies, and the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change.  This independent study program allows inmates whose security level and/or housing location precludes participation in a traditional classroom environment.  Independent study is provided as an alternative instructional strategy, not an alternative curriculum.  The Change Companies MEE (Motivational-Educational-Experiential) Interactive Journal System provides independent study equal in quality and quantity to that offered in the classroom.  It addresses participants’ needs and are compatible with nationally recognized criteria and problem dimensions including the DSM and ASAM criteria.

Living Skills

Increases students’ ability to meet their basic needs upon release from custody through social skills and public services.  Includes self-management, communication skills, health & safety, problem solving, goal-setting, and personal finances.

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification:   

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) preparation for certification course covers the prerequisite skills for the MOS certification.  Students have hands-on experience with basic computer  and software skills in addition to experience with applications and commands.  Depending up the individual’s length of incarceration and skill level, they will learn Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access


(Parent and Child Connection), a component of the Parental Intervention Project (PIP): Reading program designed to strengthen literacy and parent-child relations through positive communication. Parents record their voice reading a specially selected children’s book, then the book and recording are forwarded to the child(ren).  Research shows that children who are read to are at lower risk for poor language development and more prepared for classroom learning.

Pathways Teamsters Apprenticeship

Provides education and rehabilitation to eligible inmates, offering diversity in training and career development that offers participants an opportunity to select and build a career.

Religious & Faith Services

The San Bernardino County Sheriff ‘s Department provides religious services to all inmates utilizing four in-house Chaplains and over 200 volunteers from various religions.

Reproductive Health Education

Coordinated through San Bernardino County Public Health, this program is included in HIV and AIDS education program.

Resource Distribution

Resource guides and specifically-focused information are provided to any inmate upon request.

Resource Fairs

Offered to inmates expected to be released within 30-90 days with the goal to identify and remove barriers that may prevent them from securing gainful employment.


The Sheriff’s Transitional Assistance Reentry Team provides release assistance to those about to be released from custody, in conjunction with resource providers in San Bernardino County.

Substance Abuse

Enhances inmates; knowledge of the cycle of addiction and how the relationship with drugs and/or alcohol has impacted their lives. Instructed by CAADE certified Drug and Alcohol counselors.


Teaching and Loving Kids, a component of the Parental Intervention Project (PIP): Inmates who have successfully completed 24-hours of Trauma Recovery & Family Relations class may be eligible for weekly, 2-hour contact visits with their children.  A clinical facilitator and interns are present as observers, allowing the parents and children to interact and providing parents an opportunity to put into practice what they’ve learned in class.  The visits take place in a comfortable, family friendly playroom, similar to a school day care, which helps the children by removing negative perceptions they might have about their parent being incarcerated.  After each visit, the parents and interns discuss the visits and address any concerns.

Trauma Recovery & Family Relations

A component of the Parental Intervention Project (PIP): Assists justice-involved individuals to understand their own trauma and how it affects their lives, their decisions and their families.  Participants also increase parenting skills through the exploration of current parenting practices and how these practices are developed.