Merced County courts hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For court information, please call (209) 725-4100.
For information on visiting hours for the Main Jail and JLCC check out the Jail Visiting Schedule. For information on visitation access, view Policy 10.01 Visitation Access to Inmates.
What Program The Jails Provide
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Upon entering the program facility, each participant can expect these events:
- Individual assessment and treatment planning
- Weekly cogitative behavioral therapy meetings
- 6-10 hours of cognitive behavioral groups per week (i.e. employment readiness, cognitive skill, substance abuse, etc.)
- Referrals to community resources
- Periodic evaluation of progress
- Awards and affirmation for compliance
The Reentry program staff will assist participants in job preparation and placement services upon release, however, it is the participant’s responsibility to pursue any job leads.
Although it is difficult to find employment due to criminal background, it is the expectation of the program that you inform any prospective employer of your criminal history. This facility is committed to locating employers that will hire ex-offenders in order to provide stable employment situations.
An individual treatment plan and schedule will be developed for the inmate, which will address the specific program needs. The purpose of this plan will be to focus on the areas of an individual’s life that are most likely to lead him or her back to a criminal lifestyle. This schedule includes up to 6 to 10 hours of classes per week. All participants are assigned to an MRT® group. All additional groups will be assigned based on an individual’s needs. Classes are offered throughout the day to accommodate various schedules.
All assigned groups require mandatory attendance and participation. Failure to attend groups as scheduled or failure to participate while in group will prevent the participant from progressing through the Program and can lead to unsuccessful discharge.
Groups Available Through the Day Reporting Program Cognitive Skills:
- Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
- Substance Abuse
- Education Services
- Employment Readiness/ Vocational Job Searching
- Anger Management
- Life Skills
- Women’s Group
Each participant will develop a Release Plan 30 to 60 days priors to the expected release. The Release Plan is a form filled out to address needs prior to and during reentry.
Each participant will also complete a Transition Plan to address needs to be met in the community. Reentry Program staff will work with each participant in developing an individualized Transition Plan to show a way forward for recovery-oriented and crime-free lifestyle in the community. A passport to Action will be completed along with each Transition Plan.
Transition Plans may include continued programming at the Merced County Day Reporting Center (DRC) along with referrals to community resources. Referrals may include living arrangements, a plan to secure Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) sponsorship, involvement from family/significant others, outpatient counseling arrangements, a plan for relapse prevention and crisis management, and specific plans for education and/or employment.
||12 Step Program, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Anger Management, Parenting, Life Skills, Job Placement
|General Education Development
||Inmates are able to obtain their General Education Development and are able to challenge the G.E.D. test at any time.
||Inmates are able to enroll in Celebrate Recovery through the Chaplin Services.
How to Progress Through the Re-Entry Program
|Phase 1 - Orientation, Behavior Change Plan, Weekly Groups, Assessments, 30 minute Weekly Sessions
||Completion of all orientation elements and Step 3 of MRT
|Phase 2 - 30 minute Weekly Individual Sessions, Weekly Groups (MRT, Anger Management, etc.)
||Progress on Behavior Change Plan, Completion of Step 3 of MRT and Sobriety no less than 60 days.
|Phase 3 - 30 minute Weekly Individual Sessions, Weekly Groups (MRT, Anger Management, etc.), Release Plan and Transition Plan in place
||Completion of Behavior Change Plan goals, Completion of Step 12 of MRT, Release Plan and Transition Plan in place, Sobriety no less than 90 days.