Who We Serve
National and Local Statistics

The U.S. is often referred to as “the incarceration nation.”
  • With only 5% of the world’s population it has 25% of its prisoners.  
  • Why should we care?  90% of those prisoners return to society.  
  • CA annual budget $10 Billion.
  • Consider that California spends more money on its prison system than it does on public education with an average yearly cost of $47,000 per prisoner.  
  • U.S. has a 60% recidivism rate (California’s is 65%), meaning 6 of 10 prisoners return to prison within three years of release.

Santa Barbara County Jail
  • Houses 1054 prisoners. 40% Protective Custody, 50% General Population, and 10% Admin segregation. 86% of the prisoners are male.
  • 60% of the prisoners are pre-trial
  • Main Jail houses 80% of the prisoners
  • Medium Security Facility houses 20% of the prisoners
  • The maximum sentence is about 22 years & the minimum sentence is a 10-day flash incarceration.
  • Realignment AB 190 – serving longer sentences at the county level
  • The General Fund adjusted budget for Sheriff’s Office FY2014-2015 is $132,253,450. The estimated daily cost per prisoners to incarcerate is $132.22.
  • Only 15-20% of population given diagnosis of mental illness.
  • A large percentage of the prisoners are considered nonprogrammed, meaning they don’t have access to the following:  
    • Adult Basic Education
    • GED Preparation
    • ServSafe Job Certification
    • Computer Skills
    • Personal Development
    • Sheriff’s Treatment Program
    • Light’s On​​

  • Yoga, A Path for Healing and Recovery, James Fox Prison Yoga Project
  • We are all Doing Time, Bo Lozoff
  • Bound to be Free: The Liberating Power of Prison Yoga, Rev. Sandra Kumari de Sachy
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
  • 13thDocumentary on Netflix