Through the authority of the Detention Division of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, inmates may be assessed to determine their needs and eligibility for in-custody programs. These programs are designed to aid inmates in a successful re-entry into the community upon release from jail.
One of the goals of the Detention Division is to provide appropriate services to as many inmates as possible and release inmates with more skills, education, and resources than they had prior to booking. It is the hope of the Detention Division, that with the help of grant money, the Inmate Welfare Fund, volunteer services, and community partnerships, the jail is able to provide inmate program participants with a head start and prepare them to return to the community.
Current In-Custody Programming Includes:
- Drug and Alcohol Treatment (Phoenix House)
- Treatment for inmates struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Treatment is either in group or one-on-one, depending on the inmate’s need and classification.
- In-Custody Day Reporting Center (DRC) (Leinberger Center only)
- Multi-phase program that address criminal thinking and anti-social values. Program also helps inmates gain computer and financial skills. Classes can continue post-release at DRC’s West Sacramento or Woodland campuses.
- In-Custody Northern California Construction Training (NCCT) (Leinberger Center only)
- Vocational training program which introduces inmates to the field of construction. Classes can continue post-release at NCCT’s Woodland & West Sacramento campuses.
- Parenting Classes
- Classes led by a contractor who instructs inmates on parenting techniques and bonding with children. Classes meet the Welfare & Institutions Code requirements for those inmates who are involved with CPS.
- Anger Management Education
- Classes led by a contractor who instructs inmates on conflict resolution and stress management.
- Woodland Literacy’s GED/Literacy program
- Contracted GED Liaison assists inmates with GED prep and coordinates GED testing.
- Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Survivor Support Groups
- Confidential support groups are offered to female inmates and run through EMPOWER Yolo.
- Bible Study Classes and Clergy Visits
- Volunteers offer weekly spiritual classes and one-on-one visits with inmates.
- Friends Care
- Program which assists inmates with services Correctional Staff are not trained or able to perform.
- Alcoholics Anonymous / Narcotics Anonymous
- Volunteer run self-help groups assisting inmates with drug and alcohol addiction.
- Socialization Groups
- Run by our contract medical provider, these groups allow for social interaction amongst inmates with mental health concerns.
Sheriff’s Working Inmate Program
The Sheriff’s Working Inmate Program (SWIP), a section of the Detention Division, allows low risk convicted individuals to work for the Yolo County Probation Department instead of serving their full time in jail. Inmates may be released from their last forty-five days of jail time to perform outdoor work within specific guidelines of this program as an alternative to completing their sentence in custody. SWIP is a voluntary program.
In addition to other specific regulations, the inmate must pay a $25.00 application fee to the jail in order to participate in the program. Prior to beginning the work the inmate must pay $340.00 fee to the office of Revenue and Reimbursement. Once the inmate is eligible to participate in the program, more detailed fee information will be provided.