Community Prisoner Mother Program
(24-Bed Facility – Allows housing for 24 participants and up to 40 children)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation pursuant to California Penal Code Sections 3410 through 3424 established the Community Prisoner Mother Program (CPMP). The CPMP provides an opportunity for pregnant individuals and mothers with one or more children, six years of age or younger, the opportunity to be housed with their children in a supervised facility away from the prison setting. The CPMP facility is set on a beautifully landscaped start of the art child friendly campus located in the city of Santa Fe Springs, CA.
The primary focus of the CPMP is to reunite mothers with their children and re-integrate them back into society as productive citizens by providing a safe, stable, wholesome and stimulating environment. CPMP also looks to establish stability in the parent-child relationship, provide the opportunity for mothers who are incarcerated individuals to bond with their children, and strengthen the family unit.
Basic Program Components of the CPMP
- Pregnant and/or parenting mothers and their children under six years of age are provided programs and support services to assist in developing the skills necessary to become a functioning, self-sufficient family that positively contributes to society.
- Individual Treatment Plans are developed for both the mother and child to foster development and personal growth. Program services focus on trauma-informed substance abuse prevention, parenting and educational skills.
- The program provides a safe, stable, and stimulating environment for both the mother and the child, utilizing the least restrictive alternative to incarceration consistent with the needs for public safety.
- Program goals facilitate the mother/child bond, reunite the family, enhance community reintegration, foster successful independent living, and enhance self-reliance and self-esteem.
Specific goals are:
- To PROMOTE community reintegration, independent living and self-reliance;
- To REDUCE the use of alcohol and drugs, involvement in criminal behavior, the rate of recidivism, Factors which result in trauma to children of incarcerated parents and ultimately long-term costs to the state;
- To INCREASE parenting skills, emotional stability, and educational and vocational opportunities;
- To ADDRESS substance abuse issues, behavioral and psychological factors which impact emotional stability, self esteem, self-reliance, parent-child relationship and appropriate child development;
- To PROVIDE pre-release planning, employment skills, educational, vocational and parenting skills.
An incarcerated individual may initiate contact with the institutional Community Beds Coordinator to find out if they are eligible for CPMP placement or can mail any inquiries to:
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION
Division of Rehabilitative Programs
Women and Children Services Unit (WCSU) 1515 S Street, Rm. 415S Sacramento, CA 95811
Outside inquiries regarding the CPMP should be addressed to Pamela Dixson-Stamps, Correctional Counselor III, CPMP, at (909) 967-2904.