Rountree Minimum Facility

 Rountree Minimum a minimum-security facility with a Board Rated Capacity of 162 inmates. Rountree Minimum houses sentenced males who are supervised through direct supervision. Rountree Minimum is located at 100 Rountree Lane, Watsonville.

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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 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.  Plans are underway to include fostering dogs in the near future.


AUTO COLLISION & PAINT CLASS
Provider:
Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools, ROP


Students will master auto body basics in 60 days and receive a certificate. Advanced auto body is 150 hours. Students earn a certificate. PPG and Sherwin Williams Paint Co. offer further training at their Training Centers. Auto detailing requires 50 hours for a certificate.


BASIC SKILLS/GED CLASSES
Provider:
Pajaro Valley Unified School District Watsonville Aptos 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 ASSESMBLY AND REPAIR
Provider:
Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Watsonville-Aptos Adult Education Program

Students learn hands on repair and assembly of computers. Books, worksheets and computer tools are used to help participants achieve their goals in this class. Most computer parts are donated; they are cleaned, repaired and reassembled on site. Inmates have the option of buying the computer they built for a nominal fee or donating it for individuals who need low cost computers.   Class is not being offered at this time, but will resume in 2010.


COMPUTER APPLICATIONS AND LAB
Provider: Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools, ROP

In the 10-week course, participants learn keyboarding, Windows and Microsoft applications. Students are enrolled for the duration of their sentence. New classes start quarterly.


ENGLISH AS A SECOND-LANGUAGE (ESL)
Provider: Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Watsonville-Aptos Adult Education Program

Class is for monolingual Spanish inmates to learn Basic English phrases and grammar. Inmates will develop the ability to recognize and form letters and words within the context of understanding messages in English. Emphasis will be placed on communication in everyday situations and on employability. 


FRIENDS OUTSIDE
Provider: Volunteer 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.


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.


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.


LIFE SKILLS

A six-week class designed to help participants determine what direction their life could take by making better choices.


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


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: Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Watsonville-Aptos Adult Education Program

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 and Narcotics Anonymous

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. There are no dues or fees. The only requirement for membership is the desire to heal. Volunteers conduct group meetings, answer questions about the program and distribute AA, NA, or SIA literature.


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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