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CDCR Hosts Webinar on Secure Community Reentry Facilities

Online event educates local officials and stakeholders on new reforms

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation conducted a statewide web seminar, or “webinar” on Monday, July 16, 2007, to discuss secure community reentry facilities. Participants included:

  • James Tilton, Secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Marisela Montes, Chief Deputy Secretary, Adult Programs, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Laurie Smith, Santa Clara County Sheriff
  • Bob Takeshta, Deputy Director, Corrections Standards Authority, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and
  • Steven Farugie, Project Director, Santa Barbara County Reentry Project

The webinar can be viewed in its entirety at:

BACKGROUND: In May of this year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 900, the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007, a historic prison reform agreement. Chief among the provisions of Assembly Bill 900 are funding for 16,000 beds in secure community reentry facilities. These facilities will enable CDCR and local communities to create an unprecedented continuity of care to provide support services.

CDCR partnered with the California State Sheriffs Association, the California State Association of Counties, the League of California Cities, the Chief Probation Officers Association, the California Mental Health Directors Association, the County Alcohol & Drug Program Administrators Association of California, and the Association of California Cities Allied with Prisons to help inform local community stakeholders on provisions of AB 900 pertaining to secure community reentry facilities through this webinar. Invited participants included: Local Government Officials, Sheriffs, Boards of Supervisors, Mayors, City Council Members, Chief Probation Officers, Mental Health Professionals, Drug/Alcohol Professionals, County Administrative Officers, Police Chiefs, District Attorneys, County Public Works, Community Based Agencies, Victims Advocates, Chamber of Commerce, Legislators, and Association Representatives. During the webinar, invited participants from around the state will be given the opportunity to submit questions.

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