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85 Female Inmates Graduate From MERIT Program

Century Regional Detention Facility

Who: Sheriff Lee Baca, Commander Stephen Johnson, Captain Joe Nunez, Lieutenant La Mar La Fave, Century Regional Detention Facility Personnel, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department; John Muir Charter School Teachers and Staff; L.A. Works Teachers and Staff.

What: The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Education Based Incarceration Bureau will host a graduation ceremony for its M.E.R.I.T. (Maximizing Education Reaching Individual Transformation) Program. Approximately 85 female inmates from the Century Regional Detention Facility who have participated in the program will receive certificates for completing classes in Life Skills, Computer Skills, Parenting, Culinary, and Sewing. Additionally, two inmates in this class will be receiving their High School diploma through a program offered by John Muir Charter School.

Visuals: A slide show featuring the different classes offered at CRDF through EBI will be presented. The EBI inmate choir will entertain the audience, and a skit will be performed by inmate students. Certain students will be available for interviews following the graduation ceremony.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.

Note: Media outlets who wish to attend, please contact PIO Nicole Nishida to confirm for security purposes.

Where: Century Regional Detention Facility, 11705 South Alameda Street, Lynwood, California 90262.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Nicole Nishida at (323) 810-1973 or Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau at (323) 267-4800.

The Education Based Incarceration Bureau (EBI) is responsible for managing the 67 inmate educational and vocational programs within the seven Los Angeles County jails. There are approximately 18,000 inmates in the County jail system. Within that population, there are currently approximately 7,000 inmates participating in the diverse learning programs.

For more about these programs, see the EBI booklet at: http://shq.lasdnews.net/content/uoa/EBU/March2013-EBI_CreatingALifeWorthLiving.pdf or visit the EBI website at: www.EBI.lasd.org.

 

 

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