Class in Session for Santa Clara County High Risk Inmates

NBC Bay Area. August 16, 2018
Damian Trujillo

School has started for many in the Bay Area, and one classroom in the South Bay is anything but typical, with students wearing handcuffs and shackles.

For the first time, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office is offering a high school education to inmates classified as high risk at the Elmwood jail in Milpitas.

The hope is that what's happening behind bars will make everyone safer at home. On Thursday, a teacher announces to the students in red jumpsuits these particular classes can be transferred to a four-year university. The red indicates an inmate who either used violence while in jail or committed very serious crimes.

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