Inmates residing in the N1 dorm at the Las Colinas Detention Facility say they are happy it’s celebrating a second anniversary.
Although none of the women are happy to be serving jail time, this dorm is a big advancement over other housing alternatives. The North County Times reported a total of 64 women are housed in N1. In order to be eligible to be housed there, the women must agree to spend additional time focusing on recovery from substance abuse, to actively work on overcoming past life traumas that cause them to “act out”, and to live by “tougher rules and standards”. N1 programs are overseen by the Welcome Home Christian Ministry.
Officials at the Las Colinas Jail have confirmed that of the 382 women who have participated in the program since its inception, more than half are employed, have completed recovery treatment programs and remain in contact with ministry members.
At the same time, though, N1 isn’t for everyone. Another Las Colinas Detention Facility representative pointed out that close to 70 women have been kicked out due to refusal to participate or for other behavioral reasons.
The jail said most of the program’s participants are moms. Of those, many say N1 has been significant in changing the way they think about themselves and others.
A spokesperson from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department said they are pleased to see such progress among this population of inmates. Some believe these successes could be replicated through the implementation of similar programs in jails throughout the US.