GEO Reentry Services celebrates new start for Madera probationers

Participants of the Madera County Day Reporting Center, which is operated by GEO Reentry Services in partnership with the Madera County Probation Department, recently took part in a graduation ceremony to commemorate their completion of the center’s intensive reentry program.

Twenty probationers graduated in the latest transition celebration, which was chronicled by the Madera Tribune.

Madera County is located in central California and is one of the dozens of counties GEO Reentry works with in the state to provide evidence-based reentry programming designed to change criminal behavior and help ex-offenders successfully transition back into their communities.

The theme of the Madera County DRC graduation was, “Celebration of Success.” For participants, graduating from a reentry program is an important milestone and an impressive feat. To successfully graduate from the center, participants must undergo intensive treatment and training while maintaining sobriety and adhering to additional probation requirements.

While participants who fail to comply with the requirements of the center and their probation are subject to sanctions, GEO Reentry-run day reporting centers are built on providing positive reinforcement and support to participants so they feel empowered to change their lives.

During Madera County’s recent ceremony, Crescencio Castaneda, the Central California district manager for GEO Reentry, told the graduates, “To change the way you think of yourself, you have to change the way you talk to yourself,” continuing, “If you put a small value on yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise that price. So believe in yourself.”

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