Friday, July 20, 2007

CDCR Reentry Advisory Committee Convenes in Davis

State moves forward to address overcrowding by reducing recidivism

DAVIS - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today convened the first meeting of an expert group that will advise the state on how to meet the needs of former inmates as they return to their local communities. The Reentry Advisory Committee, chaired by CDCR Secretary James Tilton, was facilitated by the Center for Public Policy Research as part of a partnership with UC Davis, which will play a role in conducting research about evidence-based strategies to ease reentry and reduce recidivism. This committee is yet another example of efforts that the state is undertaking to reduce crisis level overcrowding in our prisons.

“More than 95 percent of all prison inmates eventually return to their communities. Unfortunately in years past they have been equipped with nothing more than $200 gate money, minus the cost of a bus ticket,” said Secretary Tilton. “As part of the Governor’s comprehensive prison reforms, the state is developing reentry facilities and programs to help close the revolving door so that offenders can get the rehabilitation they need to keep from returning to prison, which will improve public safety.”

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