California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation selects GEO Community for 4 Parolee Reentry Centers
August 12, 2013
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), in conjunction with the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO), has selected GEO Community Reentry Services division to operate intensive parolee reentry centers in four locations: San Diego, Santa Ana, Pomona and French Camp. The Santa Ana and Pomona centers are new and will open in September. The San Diego and French Camp sites are open now, and the CDCR extended its contract with GEO Reentry Services to continue operating these sites with no interruption in service. In total, more than 1,000 parolees will be served at these four sites annually.
These programs are Day Reporting Centers (DRCs), created to target parolees who chronically fail conditions of release or are treatment resistant. Parolees go to the DRCs regularly for treatment, training and connections to local resources in an effort to reduce recidivism. Each DRC is staffed by licensed therapists, counselors, behavior change managers, a vocational/educational manager and administrative staff.
“California corrections has undergone major changes in recent years, and we are ready to support the expansion of community-based services to reduce recidivism with these evidence-based programs,” said Loren Grayer, Divisional Vice President, GEO Reentry Services.
These DRCS are open seven days a week. By referring higher risk parolees to GEO Reentry, parole agents are better able to manage their overall caseloads. Clients report to the center for up to six months, and then go through an aftercare program to help avoid relapse to criminal behavior.
Parole agents refer offenders to the program directly from prison or as an intermediate sanction. GEO Reentry combines daily reporting to the center with classes that:
- Reduce recidivism
- Target employment or school enrollment
- Generate significant savings for taxpayers
- Alter parolee attitudes and behavior
GEO Reentry monitors the behavior of parolees referred to DRCs with daily check-ins, drug testing and intensive case management. While in the program, parolees receive ongoing evidence-based treatment and training to help break cycles of criminal behavior. Classes include substance abuse education and treatment; adult basic education; Life Skills development; cognitive restructuring therapy; parenting; domestic violence prevention; anger management; employment skills building and career development counseling; and relapse prevention aftercare. Additionally, GEO Reentry delivers a program called Community Connections, which links parolees to valuable local resources for housing, health services, and additional counseling services. Parolees are required to attend Community Connections presentations at different phases of their programming.
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