Programs Unit

Kern County Sheriff's Office

In response to AB109 Realignment, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office has turned it focus to providing in-custody programs to promote rehabilitation and reduce recidivism. The Lerdo Detention Facilities offers an array of programs that teach vocational skills, behavioral skills, and life skills. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office works in conjunction with Bakersfield Adult School, Kern County Mental Health, and Garden Pathways to provide these options to our Inmate Population.

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
  • Substance Abuse
  • Computer
  • GED
  • Auto Body
  • Health
  • Food Service
  • Life Skills
  • Work Crew

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