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Life Employment and Skills Program for Misdemeanors (LESP)

Sentenced - Misdemeanor - PA511 Eligible

Program Information

This program is designed for in-custody misdemeanor offenders who have a history of past criminal conduct and substance abusing behavior. A willingness to examine these issues within themselves is an essential component of the program. For inmates sentenced to the program their jail term will be reduced by 25% upon completion.

The program consists of four 1-week modules presented in a group setting that meets daily over a four-week period, for a minimum of 20 90-minute sessions. A cognitive-behavioral methodology is used to challenge offenders to examine how their belief and value system shape their behavior. This structured program will focus on teaching new ways of thinking to precipitate self-change in the following four areas:

  • attitudes towards alcohol and substance abuse
  • criminal thinking
  • thoughts and consequential thinking
  • overview of systems and services available in the community
The Central Intake and Assessment Unit  will conduct an assessment on all potential program participants, enroll the offender and assign them to the classes.
Eligibility Misdemeanor offenders with at least a 60 day sentence, and no history of assaultive convictions
Cost There is no cost incurred by the offender
Contact **Further information can be provided by calling 248-975-4441**