Programs Unit

Kern County Sheriff's Office

In response to the implementation of Public Safety Realignment Act (AB109) in 2011, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office redirected its focus from delivering standard programming to utilizing data-driven evidence based curriculum. These programs focus on criminogenic behaviors and promote best practices that aid in the reduction of recidivism. The Population Management, Programs Unit offers an array of services to its incarcerated population. The Programs Unit offers educational, as well as vocational classes in partnership with a multitude of community based organizations to ensure that quality services are being rendered. Some of the organizations that assist with these services are Kern County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS), Garden Pathways, and Bakersfield Adult School. These organizations, along with others, assist the Programs Unit in assisting participants with breaking down their barriers to success.

Inmates in a classroom environment

Evidence Based Programs

Evidence-based programs (EBP) are programs that are proven to be effective in reducing recidivism when delivered with complete fidelity. EBP’s have had success in creating a positive impact by creating prosocial behaviors.

Currently, Kern offers the following Evidence Based classes:

In addition these Vocational and Educational Classes are also offered.

  • Parents on a Mission (POM)
  • Anger Management
  • Domestic Violence Intervention Program
  • Substance Abuse Program
  • Computer
  • GED
  • Auto Body
  • Health
  • Food Service/ServSafe Certification
  • Life Skills
  • Inmate Community Work Crew (Partnership with CalTrans and Kern Council of Governments)

Governor Jerry Brown visited the Sheriff’s Lerdo Facility in January of 2014