The successes of the Napa County Community Corrections Service Center, run by GEO Reentry Services, were recently celebrated during a fifth-anniversary luncheon.
Opened in 2009, the Napa County CCSC was created to help alleviate jail crowding problems and tackle chronic recidivism with certain offender groups. One of the chief successes is the reentry program’s lower than average 26 percent recidivism rate amongst graduates.
The goals of the center include reducing the jail population by diverting offenders to community supervision and, in turn, changing criminal behavior by providing behavioral therapy and evidence-based reentry programming to offenders deemed good candidates for the program.
Speakers at the luncheon included several program graduates, as well as Amanda Owens, a BI Incorporated program manager, and Chief Probation Officer Mary Butler.
District Attorney Gary Lieberstein, honorable judges Mark S. Bossenecker and Francisca P. Tisher, Public Defender Ronald Abernethy, Napa County Director of Corrections Lenard Vare, probation officials, the board of supervisors, BI and jail staff and members of the Community Corrections Partnership Committee took part in celebrating the graduates.
To graduate the program, participants:
- Reported consistently with probation officers
- Had clean drug and alcohol tests for no fewer than 90 days
- Completed cognitive behavioral classes, designed to address criminal behavior
- Obtained stable income, housing and verified employment or enrolled in school
- Completed a series of career skills modules and assessments
The program and the Community Corrections Service Center were designed by a group that included the district attorney, sheriff, courts, City of Napa Police Department, Health and Human Services department, public defender, probation, jail administrators and the County Executive Office.
GEO Reentry is proud of the graduates and excited to continue the successes in the coming years. To learn more about our programs, click here.