Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Innovative Southern California Female Reform Programs to be Toured

11 a.m. Friday, August 25, 2006
Family Foundations Program Facility
11121 Bloomfield Avenue
Santa Fe Springs, CA

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will host tours of the Santa Fe Springs Family Foundations Program in Los Angeles County. Wendy Still, Associate Director of CDCR Female Programs, Program Director Angela Knox, and female offenders/residents and program staff will be on hand to answer questions and take reporters through the facility.

The Family Foundation Program is a community-based program for female offenders administered by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The women are non-violent, non-serious offenders who have histories of substance abuse and are either be pregnant or parenting a child under the age of six. The mother spends 12 months in the highly structured residential treatment program followed by 12 months in an aftercare/transition period designed to help her successfully reenter society.

As part of his prison reform proposals, Governor Schwarzenegger has outlined female inmate reforms that would provide as many as 4,500 beds in residential, low-security settings so that female offenders could receive more rehabilitative programming while serving their sentences closer to their families rather than in existing prisons located in more remote areas. The proposals would provide the types of rehabilitative programming that help to break the intergenerational cycle of incarceration and strengthen family ties. Such rehabilitation ultimately is beneficial to public safety.

For more on the Governor's prison reform proposals, click here.