– 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.
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.