BOCA RATON, FL. — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), in conjunction with the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO), has selected GEO Reentry Services for a multi-year term to operate seven non-residential reentry centers for parolees. Three of the centers are located in Los Angeles County communities, including Pomona, Compton and Antelope Valley. Four centers are located in San Diego, Orange, Contra Costa and Solano counties. In total, approximately 400 parolees will be served at these seven sites daily.
These non-residential reentry programs were developed for parolees who chronically fail conditions of release or are treatment-resistant. Parolees go to the centers regularly for treatment, training and connections to local resources in an effort to reduce recidivism. Each program is staffed by licensed therapists, counselors, behavior change managers, a vocational/educational manager and administrative staff.
“California corrections has undergone major changes in recent years, and we are pleased to continue to partner with the state to deliver evidence-based programs designed to reduce recidivism,” said Derrick Schofield, Executive Vice President, GEO Care’s Continuum of Care and Reentry Services.
These programs are open seven days a week. By referring higher risk parolees to a non-residential reentry center, parole agents are better able to manage their overall caseloads. Parolees report to the center for up to six months, and then go through an aftercare program to help avoid relapse to criminal behavior.
Parole agents refer parolees to the program directly from prison or as an intermediate sanction. GEO Reentry combines daily reporting to the center with classes that:
- Reduce recidivism
- Target employment or school enrollment
- Generate significant savings for taxpayers
- Alter parolee attitudes and behavior
GEO Reentry monitors the behavior of parolees referred to the centers with daily check-ins, drug testing and case management. Parolees receive ongoing cognitive behavioral treatment to help break cycles of criminal behavior. Classes include substance abuse education and treatment; adult basic education; Life Skills development; cognitive behavioral treatment; parenting; domestic violence prevention; anger management; employment skills building and career development counseling; and relapse prevention aftercare. Additionally, GEO Reentry delivers a program called Community Connections, which links parolees to valuable local resources for housing, health services, and additional counseling services.