Moral Recognition Therapy for inmates

– Press release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office

On December 19th, 2014 the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Inyo County Health and Human Services, proudly hosted its first Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT) graduation for the following five inmates who successfully completed the voluntary multi-phased program: Sage Haithcoat, Joe Baros, Robert Vanvelzer, Ky Ta, and Sean Jourdan.

Ky Ta, Joe Baros, Counselor Glenda Moore, Sage Haithcoat, Sean Jourdan, Robert Vanvelzer, and Counselor Merry Brown

Ky Ta, Joe Baros, Counselor Glenda Moore, Sage Haithcoat, Sean Jourdan, Robert Vanvelzer, and Counselor Merry Brown

During the graduation ceremony, which included presenting each successful graduate with a certificate of completion and coin, the MRT class had a chance to read aloud their final thoughts on their personal journey through the program.

Sincerity, introspection, recognition of responsibility and accountability in past wrongs, and an emphasis of the learned social, behavioral, and coping skills were all common themes.

The MRT program is a cognitive-behavioral program; it is systematic in its approach and takes four months to successfully complete, with meetings taking place once a week. The program promotes positive self-image and identity, and assists in the learning of positive social behaviors and beliefs. MRT requires candidates to be introspective and self-evaluating; goal setting is also emphasized.  The participants are ultimately required to be accountable and responsible to change their own lives.

“It takes courage and determination to change one’s life for the better. I offer sincere compliments to each of these men,” said Sheriff Lutze.

In addition to the MRT program the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office also offers GEDs, Parenting Class, and other self-improvement courses.

 

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Wally Mayfield
Wally Mayfield
7 years ago

How about the $20+ TRILLION on the war on poverty? Poverty won.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago
Reply to  Wally Mayfield

There’s a lot of context needed to discuss what you relate. But if conservatives are really concerned about “Poverty” maybe the minimum wage should be raised so that working people don’t need to get help just to survive day to day. When I hear this kind of rhetoric, I think… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago

I would agree that on the surface a program such as this looks like a waste of tax dollars. But if these types of programs can help prevent inmates from becoming reoffenders then it could actually be a cost savings in the long run. It’s costs roughly $50,000 per year… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago

Charles: Why don’t they pay people $50,000 a year to go to college?

Pedro
Pedro
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Because we hate teacher unions but love prison guard unions.

Russ Monroe
Russ Monroe
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Sounds like a great idea to me Ken!
I might even consider creating a few jobs again…..
if applicants came in the door able to make correct change!
I would much rather pay the taxes to invest in education rather than to house the largest inmate population on earth.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken: I’m in favor of more education and less crime. I think the two often go hand in hand.

Bone
Bone
7 years ago

Just what our tax dollars need spent on. Another b.s. program made up to justify the existence of Inyo County Health and Human Services continued waste of critical local, state, and federal tax monies. Yes inmates need to learn morals and proper behavior but we have already paid for their… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago
Reply to  Bone

Bone: Here’s a better example of government waste — http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/12/25/final-voyage-navy-pays-one-cent-to-scrap-aircraft-carrier/ The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has paid one red cent to transport and break apart a third super carrier — USS Ranger (CV-61) — after once again finding no takers willing to turn it into a museum docked in… Read more »

erik simpson
erik simpson
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Surely you could help out the Navy by offering to pay (as much as a dollar?) to take the Ranger off their hands and prevent this shameful waste. I’m not sure what you could do with it, but with all the good ideas floating around, I’m confident you could manage.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago
Reply to  erik simpson

Eric: You’re right. I’ll get right on it. Do you have the Sec. Navy’s phone number handy?

Pedro
Pedro
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Surprised they’re not sailing it up the Mississippi for riot control in Ferguson.

Sage Haithcoat
Sage Haithcoat
7 years ago
Reply to  Bone

As one of the graduating participants I believe it was a valuable experience. But I also appreciate your opinion. You have a valid point.