CDCR offers parolees opportunity and training at first-ever Resource Fair

STOCKTON, Calif.—Nov. 7, 2013At its first-ever Resource Fair on Friday, Nov. 8, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) and GEO Reentry Services, the operator of an innovative community-based day reporting center (DRC) for parolees in Stockton, will present parolees with an opportunity to learn about employment, training, and education resources available locally. Nearly 20 local presenters will gather from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Stockton Parole Office, located at 612 Carlton Avenue to offer information and resources to the parolee population.

The Fair will include presenters from local labor unions representing a variety of trades; apprenticeship programs; staffing agencies; and major local employers. Local educational providers will also attend. The Event represents a joint effort on the part of DAPO and GEO Reentry to provide parolees with life-improving opportunities to lead positive lives upon reentry into the community.

“This will be a great opportunity for parolees to connect with employers and local schools in the area. These services can help parolees stabilize their lives and work toward a crime-free community transition,” said Chris Castaneda, program manager of the day reporting program.

DAPO opened the Stockton DRC in May 2008 to ease prison overcrowding and reduce recidivism rates among adult parolees. The DRC delivers evidence-based treatment, including techniques and classes researched and proven to reduce recidivism. Participants complete a cognitive behavioral program developed to change criminal behavior. GEO Reentry operates the center for the CDCR/DAPO; it combines daily reporting to the center and classes that address substance abuse, anger management, employment, and educational issues.

All Stockton-area parolees have been encouraged to attend the Fair. For more information about the Stockton DRC or the Resource Fair, contact Chris Castaneda at 209-234-1087.