Tuesday, July 17, 2012

CDCR Seeks Input for Rehabilitation Programs

Will Host Two Public Workshops For Discussions

Sacramento –The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will host public workshops in Los Angeles on July 19 and Oakland on July 24 to gather input for improving rehabilitation programs for inmates and parolees.

Each forum is expected to attract suggestions from a wide range of organizations that provide substance abuse programs, academics, career technical information and employment services. Representatives of both public and private organizations are invited, including county agencies, faith-based and non-profit organizations, and those that qualify as Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE).

The call for bolstering rehabilitation programs supports CDCR’s plans to establish re-entry facilities at some prisons to concentrate resources that will better prepare inmates as they near the end of their sentences and prepare to return to their communities.

CDCR also intends to strengthen community-based programs that will continue to support inmates particularly during the first year after they are released, based on research which suggests tht is the most critical time to prevent recidivism.

“One of our primary goals is to improve rehabilitation programs for inmates and parolees because we know it will reduce recidivism and improve public safety, which also can save taxpayers billions of dollars by reducing the number of people we incarcerate,” said Matthew Cate, Secretary of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The Los Angeles forum will be held at the auditorium of the Junipero Building, 320 West 4th Street, beginning at 9 am. The Oakland forum will be held in the auditorium of the Elihu M. Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street, in downtown Oakland, also at 9 am. Registration for both workshops begins at 8:30 am.

More information on CDCR’s Blueprint for the Future can be found at www.cdcr.ca.gov/2012plan/docs/plan/complete.pdf.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2012
Contact: Bill Sessa
(916) 445-4950