Thursday, February 24, 2011

"Huge Success:" CDCR Job Fair Draws 700 Parolees

Employing parolees decreases recidivism, promotes public safety, and earns employers up to $9000 per parolee

More than 700 Southern California Parolees attended the Job Fair presented by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO). “This is a huge Success!” says Maria Franco, the Regional Administrator for Parole Region III that sponsored the event. “This is a win-win situation all the way around. I saw a parolee get a job on the spot. When parolees get jobs! Everyone is safer because employed parolees are less likely to commit crimes and return to prison. That also cuts down on taxpayer’s expense.”


Studies show that drug-free parolees with a steady job and stable housing are least likely return to prison. But more than half of all the prisoners in LA County who were released in the three years from 2007-2009 landed back behind bars. DAPO’s goal is to help end the cycle of poverty and joblessness that contributes to increased crime and recidivism. They joined with several LA County partners in hosting a Parole and Community Team (PACT) Job and Resource Fair specifically for unemployed parolees on Feb. 23, 2011 in Pasadena, California.

More than 20 Southern California companies discussed job opportunities with parolees. Thirty resource providers were also there to help parolees become more employable by participating in resume writing seminars, mock interviews, and assisting parolees in filling out job applications.

There’s help for local employers who are willing to give parolees a second chance too. Employers can get a federal tax break of up to $9000 for hiring a parolee. For more information on this program, prospective employers should call the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Processing Center at 866-593-0173 or seek information online at http://www.edd.ca.gov/Jobs_and_Training/Work_Opportunity_Tax_Credit.htm .

There is also a program to help give peace-of-mind to employers who are concerned that parolees may fall back into old habits, Employers can bond their parolee employees for up to $25,000. Information on that program is available from WorkSource at http://www.communitycareer.org/

The PACT Job and Resource Fair was hosted by CDCR’s DAPO in partnership with Work Source California, the State of California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, the City and County of Los Angeles and the City of Pasadena.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Centinela State Prison Homicide Under Investigation

Centinela State Prison administrators are investigating the death of inmate Steven Fimbres as a homicide.

On Monday, Feb. 21, at approximately 2:20 p.m., inmate Steven Fimbres was battered by two inmates while in the maximum security yard. Custody staff stopped the attack; however, inmate Fimbres sustained several puncture wounds and was pronounced dead at 3 p.m. at Centinela’s Emergency room. There were no injuries to staff.

The Centinela State Prison Investigative Services Unit processed the crime scene and the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Coroner will conduct an autopsy. The Office of the Inspector General's Bureau of Independent Review was notified.

Inmate Steven Fimbres, 36, came to California Department of Corrections in 2002 and was serving a 19-year sentence from Kern County for first-degree burglary.

Centinela State Prison (CEN) is a Level III/IV General Population Institution with approximately 4, 235 inmates. Centinela employs 1300 people in Imperial County.

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Richard Dubbe II, Public Information Officer
Centinela State Prison
(760) 337-7601

Thursday, February 17, 2011

CDCR and Alameda County Sign First-Ever Reentry Partnership

Link to original press release from December 2010

UDPATE
Oakland – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary Matthew Cate signed an additional formal reentry partnership agreement with the Alameda County Reentry Network (Reentry Network). Similar to the agreement with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CDCR and the Reentry Network establishes mechanisms for data sharing; identifying gaps in services; increasing collaboration with parole; and coordination with reentry service providers and local stakeholders to ensure that available resources are prioritized in the most effective manner to meet the risks and needs of Alameda County parolees. The goal of the MOU is to find solutions by increased coordination and cooperation between CDCR and county stakeholders.

The Reentry Network includes representatives from elected officials at the city, county and state level, Oakland Human Services, the Probation Department, the Sheriff’s Office, CDCR, Public Health and Social Services agencies and many more. This reentry roundtable aims to define clear mechanisms for communication and coordination between stakeholders, while also serving as a resource for alignment of new and emerging programs in Alameda County. In addition, the Reentry Network developed an Alameda County Reentry Resource Database which provides information on service providers for those in need of rehabilitative support. This database can be accessed at: http://www.alamedareentryservices.org/

For more information on the Alameda County Reentry Network, please visit their web site at: http://www.acreentry.org/

Job Fair Aims to Combat Parolee Unemployment

Employing parolees decreases recidivism, promotes public safety, and earns employers up to $9000 per parolee employed

WHAT: The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) is working to end the cycle of poverty and joblessness that contributes to increased crime and recidivism by joining with several Los Angeles County partners in hosting a job fair for unemployed parolees.

WHO: Twenty Southern California companies will be seeking workers. Thirty resource providers will be there to help parolees with resume writing seminars, mock interviews, and help filling out applications. As many as 400 job-seeking parolees are expected to attend. The event is hosted by CDCR in partnership with WorkSource California, the State of California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, the City and County of Los Angeles and the City of Pasadena.

WHERE: Jackie Robinson Park Auditorium, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena CA 91003

WHEN: Feb. 23, 2011 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BACKGROUND: Studies show that drug-free parolees with a steady job and stable housing are least likely return to prison. This job fair is specifically designed to help give parolees a second chance at being productive contributors to society. Employing an ex-felon is an opportunity for local businesses to get a federal tax break of up to $9,000. For more information about the fair or the tax breaks for employers who hire ex-felons, please go to: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/


FOR PLANNING PURPOSES

February 23, 2011
Contact:

Luis Patino, (916) 445-4950
Maria Franco, (213) 576-6584

CDCR Hosts Job Fair to Combat Parolee Unemployment

Employing parolees decreases recidivism, promotes public safety, and earns employers $9000 per parolee

PASEDENA -- The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) is joining with several Los Angeles County partners in hosting a Parole and Community Team (PACT) Job and Resource Fair specifically for unemployed parolees.

The job fair, offered as an effort to end the cycle of poverty and joblessness that contributes to crime and recidivism, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Jackie Robinson Park Auditorium, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena.

Studies show that drug-free parolees with a steady job and stable housing are least likely return to prison. But more than half of all the prisoners from Los Angeles County who were released from 2007 through 2009 landed back behind bars. It’s a cycle of poverty and prison for parolees and a burden of high crime and high cost for California’s taxpayers. To help combat that, more than 20 Southern California Companies will be discussing job opportunities with parolees at the PACT Job and Resource Fair.

Thirty resource providers will help parolees become more employable by participating in resume-writing seminars, mock interviews, and getting help filling out applications. As many as 400 job-seeking parolees are expected.

“When parolees get jobs, taxpayers win too. Everyone is safer because employed parolees are less likely to commit crimes and return to prison. This is really a win-win situation,” says Maria Franco, the Regional Administrator for Parole Region III, which is sponsoring the job fair.

Local employers who hire parolees win too. They can receive a federal tax break of up to $9,000 for hiring a parolee. For more information, prospective employers should call the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Processing Center at 866-593-0173 or online at http://www.edd.ca.gov/Jobs_and_Training/Work_Opportunity_Tax_Credit.htm.

To help ease employers concerns, parolees are bondable up to $25,000. For more information about that program, contact WorkSource at http://www.communitycareer.org/.

The PACT Job and Resource Fair is hosted by DAPO in partnership with Work Source California; the California Department of Motor Vehicles; Los Angeles; Pasadena; and Los Angeles County.