Sheriff’s innovative inmate training program (AB 109 Auto Workshop) saves Tehama County thousands

The Light in prison video team interviewed Tehama County Sheriff Dave Hencratt and Deputy Sheriff Rich Ryan about their innovative AB 109 Auto Workshop inmate training program. Started in 2011 the program is estimated to have saved the County tens of thousands of dollars in vehicle maintenance costs. The goal of the program is to provide inmates with valuable real life work skills, reduce recidivism rates and save the county money in the process. And it seems to be working.

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10 thoughts on “Sheriff’s innovative inmate training program (AB 109 Auto Workshop) saves Tehama County thousands

  1. Clementine Suiffet Reply

    This is such good news! I love seeing how the inmates are making a difference in their own lives and in the community. It’s good to learn something positive about the impact they are making. I look forward to more newscasts about work being done to reduce recidivism. Thanks again for bringing this to our attention.

  2. Marilyn Reply

    How nice for these people to be given the opportunity to find a productive, satisfying, and much needed niche in society — inservice to others!

  3. Pamela Reply

    What a great program and happy to see it is successful. Hopefully other Sheriff’s will adopt a program like this one. Anything we can do to help our society be more productive and less destructive is a good thing. Thank you Tehama County for setting a good example.

  4. George Reply

    Thanks David for sharing this inmate training program. By providing hope and a practical way to move forward, AB109 seems to be getting results. Chaplain Sandy is working on a program here in Orange county which will provide more guidance to inmates following their release. Will keep you posted.

    • David Fowler Post author

      Thanks George….you might consider sharing this video with Chaplain Sandy. D

  5. Kris Reply

    Saying’ thank you’ has been proven to be an effective way to help heal a person’s life. Now, both the Sheriff’s Dept. and the parolees are able to say ‘thank you’ to each other, and mean it. So, “whatever blesses one blesses all.”

    Perhaps the next step will be to train some of these guys to be trainers for other states and counties who see the value of this win-win program.

  6. Ray Reply

    I’m glad to see this success story, especially since I grew up in the town of Red Bluff in Tehama County.

  7. cricket twichell Reply

    Sounds like a win-win. Maybe this program will be a model for other systems to emulate.

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