Jobs and housing for newly released inmates reduce recidivism
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today launched an online Community Resource Directory for parolees, their families and other community members to help offenders successfully reintegrate into their neighborhoods and reduce recidivism.
“This new database makes a wealth of information available to help parolees find housing, jobs and the services they need to turn their lives around and stay out of prison,” said Elizabeth Siggins, Chief Deputy Secretary for Adult Programs.
The directory links to more than 10,000 organizations statewide, including a comprehensive array of community resources in each county. Visitors to the online directory can search up to 30 categories, including: Educational Services; Housing (including Section 8 housing, low-cost rental opportunities, sober-living homes, room-and-board homes, transitional-living homes, emergency shelter; and other housing resources); Mental Health; Substance-Abuse Treatment; Transportation; and Vocational Services (including job search and vocational training).
“During this time of budget constraints, it is more important than ever that we provide rapid access to information about community resources so that parolees will become contributors to their families and the community and live a crime-free life,” said Robert Ambroselli, Director of the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO).
Numerous studies show that a parolee who finds and maintains a steady job – and who also has stable housing and avoids substance abuse – is less likely to reoffend. (Governor’s Rehabilitation Strike Team, Meeting the Challenges of Rehabilitation in California’s Prison and Parole System, 2007).
The Community Resource Directory is the result of a partnership among CDCR’s DAPO, the Office of Community Partnerships (OCP), and the California Prison Industry Authority (PIA). PIA provides productive work assignments for approximately 6,800 inmates at 23 prisons. Those inmates develop job skills as they work in more than 60 service, manufacturing and agricultural industries. OCP fosters partnerships with community organizations to help offenders overcome their challenges and prepare them to succeed when they are released.
The Community Resource Directory database is managed through the Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) assessment tool that identifies services that offenders need to succeed upon release so that they will stay out of prison. The directory will be updated monthly.
To access the Community Resource Directory go to: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Community_Partnerships/Resource_Directory.aspx
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