Feb. 16 ceremony marks completion of intensive CDCR reentry program

PONOMA, CALIF.—Feb. 16, 2017—The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) and GEO Reentry Services will host a transition celebration for parolees who have successfully graduated from the Pomona Day Reporting Center on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the JP Banquet Room, 300 South Garey Ave.

State and Pomona-area community corrections officials as well as graduates and their families will attend. Graduates will speak on their experiences during the ceremony. For graduates, receiving the certificate of completion is a significant milestone along their path to reintegrating into their communities.

The Pomona DRC provides evidence-based treatment, including cognitive behavioral therapy, life skills training and job readiness classes, to up to 100 parolees. To successfully complete the program and participate in the transition celebration, participants completed a cognitive behavioral program developed to change criminal behavior, maintained sobriety for 90 days, and participated in 90 percent of their prescribed group meetings. Graduates should either be employed or enrolled in community college.

DAPO opened the Pomona DRC, located at 1295 East Holt Ave., in 2013 to help ease prison overcrowding and reduce recidivism rates among adult parolees. Many of these graduates were referred by DAPO after violating conditions of parole, and for many, they are “one strike” from life in prison.

For more information about the Pomona DRC or the transition celebration, contact Matthew Hill at 909-865-9221.