Friday, June 24, 2016

Juvenile Offenders Receive High School Diplomas, GED Certificates in Ventura Youth Correctional Facility

CAMARILLO – Today, fifty-eight youth offenders at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) reached an important milestone, as they officially became graduates of the Class of 2016 of the Mary B. Perry High School located within the facility, and operated by the California Department of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Of the 58, forty-eight earned high school diplomas and ten their General Education Degrees (GED’s) certificates.
 
“These students have shown great commitment, effort and perseverance in completing their education, and shows that they can accomplish great things,” said Martin Griffin, principal of Mary B. Perry High School.

This year’s Valedictorian was Martha Nunez, who graduated with honors, and was the lead student mentor, chess club lady grand master and a contributor to the school newspaper. 

Others recognized at this year’s ceremony included Matthew Gainza, who was the first student from Mary B. Perry high school to receive a Microsoft Office Specialist certificate, and students Dajay Scott, Dijon Edwards, Mathew Gainza and Casey Painter, who were recognized and certified by the National Restaurant Association.

This year’s keynote speaker was James Anderson, Program Coordinator of the Anti-Recidivism Coalititon. Anderson grew up in Los Angeles County and was deeply involved in gangs and drugs at a young age. He turned his life around and is currently studying at UCLA, majoring in political science. Anderson was appointed to the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention by Governor Jerry Brown.

“I hope to raise awareness, inspire hope, and provide individuals with a different perspective on why juveniles become involved in delinquent behavior,” Anderson said. “I am living proof that it is never too late to change and turn your lives around.”

Ventura YCF is a reception center-clinic and program facility which houses and provides diagnostic services for males and females, separated by high fencing and barbed wire fencing. The male population generally outnumbers the females 10 to 1.

The DJJ operates an accredited school district, providing students with the same high school curriculum in each of its four institutions they would receive in their local community. Youth attend school Monday through Friday. DJJ considers a diploma or a GED a minimum requirement for parole consideration.

Each school provides a core curriculum that meets the content standards for California public high schools. Each student meets with his or her education advisor upon entry and monthly thereafter, to review their education plan. Modifications to the student’s high school graduation plan are made at least every six months if necessary.

Since 2010, 1,070 youth have earned their high school diplomas or GED’s at DJJ’s four high schools. During that same time, 696 youth earned nationally-recognized certificates in vocational training.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Offender Who Walked Away from Los Angeles Re-entry Facility Apprehended Within Hours

LOS ANGELES — A man who walked away from the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles County on June 17 was apprehended within hours.

Alex Ramos, 27, was reported missing from the MCRP around 8 p.m. last Friday, after officers received a tamper alert for his GPS monitoring device. Staff immediately conducted a facility-wide count and could not locate Ramos. Local law enforcement was notified, and agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Services Unit were dispatched to the area.

Ramos was apprehended at 2:52 a.m. June 18 in Los Angeles. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the California Institution for Men in Chino.

The MCRP allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the re-entry center and provides them the programs and tools necessary to transition from custody to the community. It is a voluntary program for male offenders who have approximately 120 days left to serve. The program links participants to a range of community-based rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorders, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support.

Ramos was received by CDCR on Oct. 2, 2014, from Los Angeles County to serve a four-year sentence for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. He had been participating in MCRP since March 29.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

Contact: Krissi Khokhobashvili
(916) 445-4950

Friday, June 17, 2016

Juvenile Offenders Receive High School Diplomas, GED Certificates at N.A Chaderjian’s Graduation Ceremony

STOCKTON – Today, 39 juvenile offenders at N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility (NACYCF) in Stockton formally completed their education, as 28 youths received their high school diplomas and eleven their General Education Degree (GED) certificates.

“We are very proud of the efforts and commitment of these young men, who today took a major step toward their rehabilitation,” said Dr. Pat Davies, N.A. Chaderjian High School Principal. “This ceremony is to celebrate their accomplishments, and to show them how much they are able to achieve.”

The slogan for this year’s graduation ceremony is “Fly like an Eagle.”

This year’s Valedictorian and student speaker was Connor McGrath, who was chosen by
Dr. Davies, his teachers, and other NACYCF staff for his hard work and academic dedication.

“Not only was this an accomplishment, but a struggle as well. I was considered a lost cause, and I feel like I’ve proven those doubters wrong,” said McGrath. “I want to say thank you to all the people who have supported me along the way. I will not let you down.”

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) operates an accredited school district, which provides youth offenders with the same high school curriculum in each of its four institutions they would receive in their home community. From 2010-2015, a total of 1,070 youth have earned a high school diploma or GED at DJJ’s four high schools. In addition, 696 students earned Career Technical Education certificates for vocational programs.

“This is a coordinated effort that allows youth offenders to complete their education, and become an example of change in the community,” added Dr. Davies.

The N.A. Chaderjian High School Keynote Speaker this year was Raymond McMuray, who is a foster grandparent at NACYCF. McMuray is a former heroin addict who became a certified instructor in substance abuse and alcohol treatment. He was the founder of the First African American methadone treatment program in California.

“I’ve come full circle from my troubled past and have returned here to help our youth realize their full potential,” McMuray told the graduates.

N.A. Chaderjian YCF is located in Stockton and houses male youth offenders 18 to 23 years of age. N.A. Chaderjian High School provides instruction in basic skills, high school courses, special education and vocational programs. Youth attend school Monday through Friday.

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