GEO Reentry graduates celebrated in Napa County

Thirteen graduates of the Napa County Community Corrections Service Center were honored in a November ceremony for their hard work in completing the reentry program, run by GEO Reentry Services in partnership with the Napa County Probation Department.

The center helps participants regain a foothold in their communities after spending time in jail or being sentenced to community supervision. At the core of the program is evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps participants learn how to change their ways of thinking which previously led them to criminal behavior. Participants also take part in classes that help them learn useful skills, manage their anger and prepare for future employment.

November’s ceremony featured a keynote speech by Chief Deputy District Attorney Allison Haley, as well as words from some of the graduates, including a 26-year-old woman who said her life got off track after becoming a heroin addict. She’s now attending Napa Valley College and would like to someday work at a program similar to the Napa County CCSC, where she can help others turn their lives around.

Read more about her story and from other participants in a great feature on the ceremony in the Napa Valley Register.