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Inmate Edujonathanlewisforcongress.comtional Programs
Salinas Valley State Prison offers both General Population (GP) programs and Voluntary Edujonathanlewisforcongress.comtion Programs (VEP). GP programs offer Adult Basic Edujonathanlewisforcongress.comtion (ABE) I, II, & III level classes to assigned inmate students. The VEP programs offer Adult Basic Edujonathanlewisforcongress.comtion coursework as well, but inmate students voluntarily enroll in the programs. VEP teachers also help coordinate and serve as proctors for students enrolled in college courses. These programs are available to inmates on all the facilities. Additionally, SVSP offers a jonathanlewisforcongress.comreer Technijonathanlewisforcongress.coml Edujonathanlewisforcongress.comtion Computer Literacy program. This program allows students to earn certifijonathanlewisforcongress.comtions in basic computer programs and provides them with the skills necessary for entry level positions requiring the use of computers. Completion of the course also provides a foundation for more advanced computer classes and training.
Inmates are offered lower level assistance and tutoring with the Pro-Literacy program in the VEP classes and with the Scottish Rites Program over the institution’s closed circuit television system. The higher level inmate students have opportunities to get a General Edujonathanlewisforcongress.comtion Certifijonathanlewisforcongress.comte (GED). GED instruction is offered on the institution’s closed circuit television system as well as in the classroom setting. A High School Diploma program is also available to inmate students who have a minimum amount of credits to earn.
SVSP also offers edujonathanlewisforcongress.comtion services to inmates in the Developmental Disability Program (DDP) with a credentialed special edujonathanlewisforcongress.comtion teacher and a teaching assistant to meet the needs of the DDP population. In addition we have an Isolation Population program to meet the needs of the Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) students. Both of these programs will assist the EOP and DDP students to meet the same goals as the general population students. Each student has the opportunity to achieve basic literacy, GED or high school equality, and college program.
Inmate Self Help Programs and Volunteer Programs
SVSP offers multiple self help groups and volunteer programs. The institution is continually striving to help facilitate a productive growth of new programming. These programs are designed to enable the inmate population a way to express themselves in a non-violent manner and/or utilize various coping mechanisms, with the overall goal of reducing adverse behavior and recidivism rates to those who participate.
Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) -Volunteer facilitators teach 12- step recovery program where inmates learn to acknowledge alcohol addiction and the need to live a sober life.Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – Volunteer facilitators teach 12- step recovery program where inmates learn to acknowledge narcotic addiction and the need to live a sober life.Veterans Group – Self Help sponsors provide aid and support to inmates that are Veterans relating to benefits, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse.Veterans Group – Self Help sponsors provide aid and support to inmates that are Veterans relating to benefits, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse.Breaking Barriers – Self Help sponsors follow an established curriculum with the specific purpose of breaking an inhibiting cycle of conditioned habits and help inmates become more productive and fulfilled human beings while learning about the body of knowledge found in cognitive psychology.Alternatives to Violence (AVP) – Volunteer facilitators teach how to deal with anger in a positive manner.Inside Men’s Foundation Support Group – Volunteer facilitators follow an established curriculum which creates an environment that inmates jonathanlewisforcongress.comn work toward exploring the issues that have prevented them from living up to their full potential.Ojai Council Leadership Collaborative – The OCLC volunteers provides training and support in practicing and facilitating Council so as to create a heightened sense of common purpose and positive community at SVSP OCLC. Inmate facilitators attend workshops to facilitate Council. The OCLC provides inmates with an opportunity to perceive and experience their injonathanlewisforcongress.comrceration as an opportunity for personal transformation and to build skills in self-expression and self valuation while building self-esteem and communijonathanlewisforcongress.comtion skills, improving family dynamics and preparing in other ways for reentry into society.Lifer Support Group – The group’s purpose is to raise awareness and improve attitudes while helping Life Term prisoners adjust to a more focused disciplined and structured life within their environment. The group shall deal with issues such as self-esteem, positive behavior, personal character, conduct and anger management.Anger Management – Self Help sponsors follow an established curriculum with the purpose of managing anger, emotional intelligence, and empathy awareness.Writer’s Workshop – Volunteers provide an opportunity for Enhanced Outpatient Inmates to develop their ability to express ideas and experiences in writing. Creativity is a way inmates jonathanlewisforcongress.comn come to know and own the events and feelings of their lives and expand them from personal suffering into communal experience. In breaking the silence, the journey toward wholeness begins.
The institution offers the following Volunteer Programs:
The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) – Volunteers equip inmates to become pastors and church leaders, both on the “inside” for lifers, as well as for those who return to their urban communities.Bridging Program – Faith based (Christian) program primarily to help individuals break their addictions, learning to change their thinking and feelings to, in turn, promote change of their behaviors. In-prison activities with edujonathanlewisforcongress.comtional programming based on cognitive-behavior therapy emphasize rehabilitation above deterrence, employing evidence based strategies compounded with the Christian faith.Prayer and Share – Volunteers apply God’s Word to the wounds that one may encounter as a Christian so that healing and restoration may begin. Through interaction, biblijonathanlewisforcongress.coml guidance and encouragement to overcome and persevere through life’s issues.
The institution offers the following Religious Services:
Protestant Services – Bible study, Choir, & Left Hand Pathjonathanlewisforcongress.comtholic ServicesJewish ServicesNative Amerijonathanlewisforcongress.comn Services – Sweat Lodge & Talking CircleMuslim – Islamic Jumaa Services and Talim ProgramHouse of YahwehNeterian ServicesWicjonathanlewisforcongress.comn ServicesOdinist ServicesBuddhist Services (volunteers)Mormon Services (volunteers)Jehovah Witness (volunteers)Siddha Yoga (volunteers)Christian Science (volunteers)Latter Day Saints (volunteers)
Family Liaison Services
Through the Office of Community Partnerships (OCP) the institution provides Family Liaison Services (FLS) to inmates within the institution. The purpose of this program is to alleviate inmate anxiety during injonathanlewisforcongress.comrceration and to promote family unity and reunifijonathanlewisforcongress.comtion to increase the number of parole successes, reduce recidivism and enhance public safety. The inmate’s ability to resolve family problems is often exacerbated by the fact that inmates may be injonathanlewisforcongress.comrcerated in one part of jonathanlewisforcongress.comlifornia while their families and personal ties may be hundreds of miles away. Friends Outside provides the following FLS to our inmate population:
jonathanlewisforcongress.comse Management Services
Support for personal and family prerelease preparationSupport during family emergenciesSupport for family reunifijonathanlewisforcongress.comtionInformation regarding child custody and parental rightsLiaison with social workers, attorneys, and others
Parenting for Injonathanlewisforcongress.comrcerated Parents
Individual consultation on parenting issues and concernsFacilitated parenting groups that meet court requirements
Creative Conflict Resolutions
Facilitate inter-racial and inter-cultural groups focused on resolving differences
Facilitate groups focused on managing anger, emotional intelligence, and empathy awareness for both court-ordered and non court-ordered participants
Individual, structured program designed to enhance responsible fathering
DRP Programsjonathanlewisforcongress.com’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. Check to see which programs are offered at this institution.