Blaine Street Programs

Blaine Street is a minimum-security facility with a Board Rated Capacity of 32 inmates. Blaine Street houses sentenced female inmates who are supervised through direct supervision. Blaine Street is located at 141 Blaine Street, Santa Cruz.

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ANIMAL BONDING
Provider: Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control

An ongoing program where inmates are trained to look after cats, dogs and birds. Inmates learn how to accept responsibility for the care of others. In return they receive therapeutic benefits from the intimacy bond produced from connecting with the animal(s). The bond helps reduce antisocial behavior by increasing the inmates’ capacity for empathy.


BASIC SKILL/GED CLASSES
Provider: Santa Cruz City Schools Adult Education Program

The Basic Skills/GED class offers participants the chance to get their GED Certificate, or if they already have a high school diploma, an opportunity to improve math, reading and writing skills. Books, worksheets, discussion and computers are tools used to help participants achieve their goals in this class.


COMPUTER APPLICATIONS AND LAB
Provider: Santa Cruz City Schools, Adult Education Program
Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools, ROP

Participants learn keyboarding, Windows applications, Microsoft Word and Excel. Students with keyboarding experience may take the last eight weeks of the instruction.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUP
Provider: Walnut Avenue Women’s Center

This class offers group support for those who are part of families who suffer domestic violence.


FRIENDS OUTSIDE
Provider: Volunteers Center of Santa Cruz County, Friends Outside

To assist inmates conduct basic and necessary transactions while in custody, maintain outside contacts, and make appropriate referrals to community resources. Reduce the shock and stress of incarceration for inmates and those affected by their absence. To help inmates and their families maintain ties. To connect inmates and ex-offenders to local resources such as drug programs and counseling.


GEMMA
A Program of the Community Action Board

Gemma is a program of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. committed to helping women reunite with their families and the community after incarceration. Our program is structured to promote recovery from addictions and empower women in the transformation of their lives. In order to accomplish these goals, we will provide housing, food, education and employment programs as well as psychological and spiritual support to help stop the “revolving door” cycle of incarceration.


HIV/HEP C TESTING/COUNSELING
Provider: County of Santa Cruz, Health Services Agency

Educate inmates about HIV/AIDS prevention and provide testing and counseling to high risk offenders.


JOB SKILLS
Provider: Santa Cruz City Schools Adult Education Program

To provide information that will enable the student to identify skills, abilities and talents that can help them become their own advocate for getting and keeping a job. An 8-week course about job skills, participants earn a Certificate of Completion.


KNITTING AND CROCHETING
Provider: Knitting Guild of Santa Cruz

An ongoing class developing Knitting and crocheting skills. This class depends upon contributed yarn, so emphasis is on making things out of many different colors and textures. Sometimes needlepoint, or embroidery pieces are provided to work on also.


LAW LIBRARY SERVICES
Provider: Legal Research Associates

To provide legal research assistance to inmates. Inmate legal requests are fulfilled by contractor and delivered to facilities via courier.


LIBRARY SERVICES
Provider: Santa Cruz Public Libraries Sheriff Volunteer Program

To provide reading material to inmate populations. Provide appropriate recreational reading and self-help materials.


NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION AND PARENTING EDUCATION
Provider: Santa Cruz Adult Education

Parenting: Provides participants with an opportunity to explore the long-range results of their discipline methods, a framework for better understanding misbehavior, and develop communication skills that fosters mutual respect and dignity. Non-Violent Communication: Provides participants with new communication skills and tools to handle conflict and resolve issues without violence.


RELIGIOUS PROGRAMS
Provider: Variety of programs and services – via Jail Chaplain

Local Churches and church members bring in Bible Study, Communion Service, Celebrate Recovery, and Prayer Groups for numerous denominations.


SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Provider: Santa Cruz Adult Education

This program seeks to increase awareness of the direct relationship between incarceration and alcohol and/or drug abuse. The goal is to reduce the rate of incarceration caused by substance use. Participants who take this 30-day substance abuse program can earn a substance abuse certificate, which they can then submit to the court for consideration of sentence modification.


TWELVE STEP PROGRAMS
Provider: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon

Twelve Step groups are non-profit fellowships or societies for men and women for whom particular issues had become a major problem. They are people in recovery who meet regularly to help each other. Volunteers conduct group meetings, answer questions and distribute literature.


UCSC- WOMEN’S CENTER, INSIDE OUT WRITING PROJECT
Provider: University of California, Santa Cruz, Women’s Center


Writing workshops to assist the student to learn to express him or herself clearly and effectively. Students earn a certificate after attending ten workshops. Workshops include: free writing, letters, journaling and memoir writing and group participation through sharing written assignments.


WOMEN & MEN’S HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM
Provider: Community Based Organizations & SCC Health Service Agency

Classes on health related issues: relationships, homeless services, stress reduction, body image, reproductive health; birth control, HIV/HCV, tobacco education, harm reduction, communication/negotiations/safer sex, parenting, communicable disease, etc.


VOTING
Provider: Santa Cruz County Clerk – Elections Department

Inmates request voting materials from Elections Department. Corrections personnel deliver materials to Election Department on behalf of inmate.


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