Inmate Case Worker (#RP0700)
$24.87-$30.23 Hourly / $4,310.80-$5,239.87 Monthly / $51,729.60-$62,878.40 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs varied case management work for inmates in the San Joaquin County Custody Division; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An employee in this single position class is responsible for providing various case management duties for inmates in a variety of custody settings within the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.


  • Reviews, evaluates, and responds to requests for services for inmates received by Housing Officers, Education and General Library staff; Administrative Staff, family members, and other agencies such as Public Defender, Child Protective Services, Human Services Agency, Religious Community, Medical, Hospital, and Institutional staff.
  • Conducts one-to-one on site visits with inmates in South Jail, Jail Core and Honor Farm; interview inmates to assess individual requests for services; researches, evaluates, and develops a realistic plan to meet to inmates requests.
  • Links inmates with the appropriate services; acts as a community resource to provide inmate/family with information regarding services and program availability; coordinates service plan with supervisor, housing officer, family, and other agencies if necessary.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings and training seminars; assists in the recruitment of volunteers; may facilitate volunteer workshops.
  • Maintains case records, reports, and correspondence; prepares and maintains database of inmate issues.

    License: Valid California Class C driver's license.

    Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in social or behavioral sciences, criminal justice, or related field.

    Experience: One year of experience in a custody setting providing counseling or social services to inmates or the equivalent of one year of an intensive internship in a custody setting providing services to inmates.

    Substitution: One year of experience in a custody setting providing services to inmates may substitute for the required education on a year for year basis to a maximum of two years.


    Principles and techniques of social casework; principles of interviewing; principles of report writing; community resources for inmates and inmate families; basic principles of human behavior; multi-cultural familiarity.


    Assess inmates' needs; establish rapport with inmates and inmate family members; apply casework skills and knowledge to meet goals; understand relevant laws, rules and regulations as they pertain to a custody environment; communicate effectively orally, and in writing; follow custody policies and procedures; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


    Mobility Requirements-Operating a keyboard; Visual Requirements-Overall vision; reading and close-up work; Dexterity Requirement-Writing; Hearing/Talking Requirements-Hearing normal speech; hearing on telephone or radio; talking in person; talking on telephone; Emergency/Psychological Factors-Emergency situations; public contact; decision making; working alone, working nights and weekends.

    Special Requirements-Candidate must pass a comprehensive background investigation prior to employment with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.

    CLASS: RP0700; EST: 6/11/1997; REV: ;