Tuolumne County Probation recognizes graduates of unique criminal justice program

SONORA, Calif.—Nov. 13, 2013—Officials from Tuolumne County Probation and BI Incorporated, operators of an innovative day reporting center for county probationers, will recognize program graduates at a Transition Celebration Thursday, Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Patty’s Shack and East Sonora Conference & Banquet Center, 14270 Mono Way. This celebration marks a significant milestone in the lives of program graduates.

The Tuolumne County Day Reporting Center for adult probationers opened in 2012. The center, managed by BI, provides treatment and case management services for offenders who pose a risk of failing probation. Graduates of the program must undergo intensive supervision, training and treatment; cognitive behavioral therapy; and other rigorous training in order to graduate. County officials, local dignitaries, family members and former graduates will attend to recognize the 19 graduates. The keynote speaker will be Senior Probation Officer Amy Lindblom; program graduates will speak as well.

Participants go through the program for six to eight months, and then receive periodic check-ins to help with relapse prevention and long-term success. Failure to comply with rules and guidelines of the program results in increased sanctions such as tighter curfews, additional classes, more frequent reporting, house arrest electronic monitoring or re-incarceration.

The county opened the day reporting center to help manage additional probationers the county now supervises under California’s prisoner realignment legislation, which shifted responsibility for lower level probationers to counties. The center aims to reduce the risk of recidivism among participants, alleviate jail crowding, save money and improve public safety.

For more about the center or the Transition Celebration, contact Program Manager Renee Gomez at (209) 532-1743.