Kern County probationers graduate from intensive program
May 5, 2013
Contact: Monica Hook, BI Incorporated,
Kern County Probation and BI Incorporated, the operator of an innovative community-based program for probationers in Kern County, will host a Transition Celebration for 22 offenders who have successfully completed this intensive day reporting program. The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m., Friday, May 10, at Hodels Country Dining, 5917 Knudsen Drive in Bakersfield.
County officials, community corrections professionals, graduates and their families will attend the celebration. Program graduates will speak to their experience in the Day Reporting Center, and what it has meant to them and their loved ones. Former program graduate Robert Marsh will address graduates as the evening’s key note speaker.
Several graduates are AB109 clients, according to Program Manager Steve Ferugie. AB 109, or prison realignment, transitions certain probationers from state to county supervision. This legislation is the cornerstone of California’s solution for reducing the number of inmates in the state’s 33 prisons, as ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Located at 500 Baker St., the Kern County Day Reporting Center (DRC) manages probationers through a multi-phase program that includes regular reporting to the center, intensive treatment and training, and ongoing testing for drug and alcohol use. Offenders also participate in classes geared to change criminal behavior and reduce recidivism. Failure to comply with rules and guidelines at the DRC results in increased sanctions such as additional classes, more frequent reporting or incarceration.
The county opened the DRC in 2010 using a federal grant targeting recidivism. It is operated by BI Incorporated and overseen by the Probation Department. For more information about the Kern County DRC or the Transition Celebration, contact Steven Farugie at 661-326-8172 or at Steven.Farugie@bi.com.
About BI Incorporated (www.bi.com)
Established in 1978, BI Incorporated is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The GEO Group (NYSE: GEO), a global leader in the delivery of correctional, detention, and residential treatment services to federal, state, and local government agencies. BI provides a full continuum of offender monitoring technologies and community reentry services for parolees, probationers, pretrial defendants and illegal aliens involved in the U.S. immigration court process. BI also owns and operates an ISO-certified national monitoring center, providing 24/7 expert support supervision services exclusively to governmental agencies. BI works closely with corrections officials to cost effectively reduce recidivism, promote public safety, and strengthen the communities they serve.