The Stockton Day Reporting Center, a non-residential reentry center operated by GEO Reentry Services, recently celebrated 10 years of service for its reentry program. The center hosted an open house and invited parole agents and community partners to celebrate this important milestone, including helping more than 500 parolees successfully transition to community life.
A reporter from Stockton’s local paper, The Record, attended as well and interviewed program alumnus Robert Mosqueda during the event. Mosqueda came to the Stockton Day Reporting Center after spending three years in a state prison and told the reporter: “(My) life has changed for the better, thanks in part to the Stockton Day Reporting Center.”
After he completed the reentry program, Mosqueda told The Record that he enrolled in college and pursued a career as a social worker. He now works as an outreach worker with the city of Stockton’s Office of Violence Prevention, and is currently working toward master’s degree at the University of Southern California.
Mosqueda’s success story is one of many from graduates of the Stockton Day Reporting Center. The center was opened by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2008 to reduce prison overcrowding. Nearly 40 parolees complete the program every year.
The Stockton Day Reporting Center’s programming includes cognitive behavioral treatment designed to change criminal behavior. Programming also focuses on preparing individuals for the next step of reentry, including finding employment or enrolling in educational programs.
To graduate, program participants must maintain sobriety for 90 days and participate in prescribed group meetings. To date, more than half of program participants are employed when they leave the program.
The center will celebrate another set of graduates on Oct. 18 at its upcoming transition ceremony.