MERCED COLLEGE PILOT PROGRAM FOR INMATES
VOLUNTEER LEAD CLASSES AND PROGRAMS
1. STAYING CONNECTED WITH YOUR TEEN PARENTING CLASS
2. PRISON OF PEACE
3. FREEDOM TO CHOOSE
4. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - VIOLENCE PROGRAM
5. PEACE EDUCATION PROGRAM
6. REALIZE - RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
7. THE URBAN MINISTRY INSTITUTE
8. STEP OUT APPROVED AND RENEWED
9. ENGLISH 12-CREATIVE WRITING
INNOVATIVE GRANT PROGRAMS
ARTS IN CORRECTION PROGRAMS
OTHER INMATE PROGRAMS
Education: The VSP Education Department currently offers educational services to the inmate population via two service delivery streams; the Academic Program, the Vocational Program. At any one time, the Education Department offers educational services to approximately 2,400 of our inmate population. Education is currently operating under a six year accreditation without a review issued by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (approximately 3% of all schools in the Western United States receive this high a level of accreditation).
Academic Education Programs: Six classes for Adult Basic Education I, II, III, and General Education Development (GED) level.
Vocational Programs: Automotive Mechanics, Cosmetology, Electronics, Office Services, Small Engine Repair, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Welding, Electrical Works, Carpentry and Masonry.
PIA: PIA employs approximately 215 inmates in three separate operations: Farm Operation, Eyewear Manufacturing, and Laundry.
Substance Abuse Program (SAP): SAP currently provides substance abuse services/counseling to 125 inmates in the Walden House program. Inmates follow a curriculum that includes education and counseling for substance abuse, domestic violence, anger management, conflict resolution, co-dependency, etc. This program also includes re-entry planning.
Health Care Services: The Division of Correctional Health Care Services (DCHCS) at VSP consists of three departments: Medical, Mental Health and Dental Departments. VSP provides a range of treatment and rehabilitative services to assist men with emergent issues, alcohol and drug recovery, chronic care issues, preventative services, patient education, health care support, mental health services and dental services.