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The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department Reentry Services Bureau at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center implements an innovative approach to rehabilitation by providing evidence based vocational, educational, and treatment programs to offenders. The goal of providing programs to this population is to reduce the rate of incarceration and to offer offenders the tools necessary for successful reintegration into the community.

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Strategies for Success is a publication that further highlights the many unique approaches to rehabilitation that are utilized by the Reentry Services Bureau both within and outside of the facility in an effort to manage the offender population as well as maximize the chances for successful release and reentry into society. To view Strategies for Success,click here.

In addition, the Reentry Services Bureau’s Community Resource Guide acts as a quick reference for those released from custody, outlining the various community resources available to help smooth the transition from incarceration to the community. To view the Community Resource Guide, click here.

The following programming is currently being offered by the Reentry Services Bureau:


In partnership with the Elk Grove Unified School District and the Los Rios Community College District, the education courses offered by the Reentry Services Bureau are designed to improve participants’ reading and mathematics skills, establish educational goals, and promote the continuation of academic growth. Current education programing includes Adult Basic Education, GED Preparation, Employment Preparation and Readiness Training, Culinary Arts, Computers, and Parenting.

Vocational Training

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The goal of providing vocational training within the Reentry Services Bureau is to prepare offenders for expectations in a professional setting and offer applicable employment training relevant to current, in-demand areas of work. Current vocational programming includes Employment Preparation and Readiness Training, Computers, Custodial Training, Horticulture and Landscaping, Welding and Manufacturing, Jail Industries, and the Sacramento Wild Horse Program.


In order to provide effective treatment programming, the Reentry Services Bureau utilizes a team comprised of Sacramento Sheriff’s Department staff, community based providers, and evidence based programming to aid offenders in experiencing and maintaining a sober lifestyle. Treatment focuses on the recognition of offender substance abuse issues, strategies to overcome addiction, and ways to maintain a clean lifestyle through recovery. Substance abuse treatment programs include Substance Misuse, Relapse Prevention, and The Vivitrol® Program.

In addition to substance abuse, the area of treatment also encompasses personal development courses that assist participants in creating a stable foundation for themselves in terms of emotional and physical responses to life situations and events. Topics explored in the area of personal development focus on offender experiences that contribute to criminal behavior such as abuse, trauma, confidence, victimization, loss, gang involvement and criminal lifestyle. Personal development programming includes Anger Management, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Moral Recognition Therapy.

The mission of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Reentry Services Bureau is to enhance public safety with the reduction of recidivism. The Reentry Services Bureau will utilize efficient, effective program approaches through collaboration with public and private community partners to assist offenders in becoming productive, accountable, law-abiding citizens. The Reentry Services Bureau will provide vocational, educational and treatment programs to equip offenders with the skills and tools for successful reentry into our community. To accomplish our mission, we dedicate ourselves to Service with Concern.


Adult Basic Education

Designed to develop skills to an eighth grade level, this course is offered to help students improve in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.

GED Preparation

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GED preparation covers math, English language arts (ELA), social science and science content assessed by the GED examination. Students take practice tests and prepare to take the five-part exam. The instructor guides the students in their individual areas of content need and spends a significant amount of time on math and ELA preparation. Students take the official GED exams on-site once they have passed the practice tests.

Employment Readiness and Life Skills

Offenders are taught strategies for employment success including the development of a resume, interview practice, and how to dress and present oneself in a professional setting.

Culinary Arts

Students learn core culinary skills and are provided with basic training that enables them to get employment in the food service industry. Students learn about cooking principles and receive hands-on experience. After course completion, they are able to prepare breakfast, salad, lunch, dinner and dessert dishes. Students also receive an industry-recognized certificate upon completion.


Students learn office computer skills relevant to the current job market including Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Filing procedures, telephone communications, and document duplication are also covered.


This Child Protective Services-approved program exposes participants to the ways in which negative and hurtful parenting affects the psychological and physical development of children. Participants learn ways to create a healthy family environment through nurturing behavior practices.

Vocational Training

Employment Readiness and Life Skills

Offenders are taught strategies for employment success including the development of a resume, interview practice, and how to dress and present oneself in a professional setting.

Custodial Training

Students learn basic procedures in custodial and housekeeping operations to include knowledge of janitorial equipment and basic repairs of equipment. Students learn about cleaning materials and safety along with blood-borne pathogens and infectious waste training. Students are prepared for custodial employment upon completion of the course.

Horticulture and Landscaping

Students are exposed to different techniques of propagation and irrigation with an emphasis on environmental horticulture and landscape maintenance. Upon completion, students will have acquired the knowledge, practical skills, and training necessary to successfully attain employment in the nursery and landscaping industry.

Welding and Manufacturing

Students have the opportunity to learn Welding Safety, Weld Design, Welding Symbols, Metallurgy, Joint Design, Tool Identification, Oxygen-Acetylene Cutting, Welding, Brazing, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Flux Core Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, and Plasma Arc Cutting. Students regularly work on jail-industry projects in order to practice the skills taught in class.

Jail Industries

The program is designed to provide skill training to the inmates in the areas of engraving, design, and printing, while at the same time producing goods for government agencies and non-profit organizations.

Sacramento Wild Horse Program

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In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center offers offenders the opportunity to train and maintain the well-being of wild horses. The program is intended to help offenders develop vocational skills through the practice of patience, time management, and organization.


Substance Misuse

The goal of this program is to educate participants in the biological, psychological, and social ramifications of addiction and chemical dependency and introduce them to appropriate options for recovery.

Relapse Prevention

This group structured program focuses on the habitual thinking process that leads to relapse and understanding the belief system that can lead to prevention.


Vivitrol® is a cutting edge medication used to treat opioid and acute alcohol dependence. This medication is a suspended release naltrexone injection which provides dependent individuals thirty days of treatment per does. Unlike opioid treatment medications of the past, Vivitrol® is a non-intoxicant non-narcotic treatment which through a local pilot project has shown great success in our post-release populiation.

Anger Management

Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center partners with a Sacramento County Certified Batterers Treatment provider to offer offenders the strategies needed to stop their pattern of violent behavior and be accountable to themselves, their families, and their community.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Guided by evidence based curriculum, this program teaches social skills, cognitive self-change and problem solving strategies and helps participants set personal and professional goals.

Moral Recognition Therapy

An evidence based program aiming to decrease recidivism rates through lessons focused on criminal thought and the treatment of substance abuse.

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