Monterey County probationers recognized for completion of innovative day reporting center program

SALINAS, Calif.Nov. 13, 2013—Monterey County Probation and BI Incorporated, the operator of a community-based intensive supervision program for probationers in Monterey County, will recognize probationers who have completed this unique program at a Monterey Day Reporting Center (DRC) Transition Celebration Monday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Salinas Elks Lodge, 614 Airport Blvd.

The event is themed on a quote from Thomas Edison: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” The quote closely relates to the challenges probationers in the program have faced. The Monterey County Day Reporting Center, which opened in 2009, requires participants complete a cognitive behavioral program developed to reduce recidivism and change criminal behavior; stay “clean” for 90 days; and participate in 90 percent of their prescribed group meetings.

Community corrections officials, graduates and their families, past graduates and local dignitaries will attend and 17 graduates are scheduled to participate. Gerry Dudek, Monterey County Probation Supervisor, will be the keynote speaker as well as Michael Santos. Currently, 46 probationers are enrolled at the program at the Monterey County DRC, and 19 are in Aftercare. Located at 427 Pajaro St., the goals of the center include reducing the jail population, reducing probation revocations and helping probationers stay crime-free once released to the community.

For more information about the Monterey County DRC or the transition celebration, contact Frank Garbie, Program Manager at 831-754-3975.