Transition celebration marks completion for participants in local community corrections program

Ukiah, Calif. — Nov. 20, 2013— BI Incorporated, in partnership with the Mendocino County Probation Department, will hold a transition celebration Thursday, Nov. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the North State Café, 263 North State St., for individuals who successfully completed treatment classes, training, and supervision requirements at the Mendocino County Day Reporting Center.

Speakers include graduates and members of the community corrections field. Keynote speaker Chief Probation Officer Buck Ganter and Glen Dye, who operates a local rehabilitation program, will address the nine graduates. The event is themed around 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 celebration marks completion of the program and transition to community integration. For many graduates, this event marks a significant milestone.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors selected BI to open the Day Reporting Program, which opened in 2012, for medium- to high-risk offenders released to community supervision. The center was, in part, opened to address the challenges of California Prison Realignment, which went into effect with the passage of Assembly Bills 109 and 117 in 2011. Participants must meet strict guidelines, including completion of a cognitive behavioral program developed to reduce recidivism and change criminal behavior.

The program holds offenders accountable when they are released to community supervision, provides classes to change criminal behavior, and links to other services focused on reducing recidivism.

The Mendocino County Day Reporting Center is located at 579 Low Gap Road. For more information about this program, contact Program Manager Richard Lamm at 707-463-1039 or [email protected].