Reentry program graduates celebrated in California ceremonies

Graduates of two GEO Reentry Services-operated reentry programs in California were recently honored in graduation ceremonies known as transition celebrations.

Twenty-nine individuals graduated from the Stockton Day Reporting Center—one of their largest in recent history—while seven graduated from the Mendocino County Day Reporting Center. Both graduations were featured in their local papers—the Ukiah Daily Journal and the Stockton Record.

Read the articles for some great photos and details on several graduates, including one Mendocino County DRC graduate who told the Ukiah Daily Journal that he “went from being a gangster to being a possible role model in society.” Now, he said, he’s going back to school at Mendocino College to study cuisine.

The transition ceremonies are huge milestones for participants because they commemorate a participant’s successful completion of GEO Reentry’s intensive reentry programs which require daily reporting to the center for an average of six to nine months, drug and alcohol testing and in-depth evidence-based behavioral therapy sessions designed to change criminal behavior.

Participants are also required to attend life skills courses including parenting classes, anger management and GED and job prep so they are more successfully equipped to reenter and become productive members of their communities.

Be sure to check out both features, and click here to learn more about our day reporting centers.