press release - 06201702
Former State Prisoners to Graduate from Day Reporting Centers

 

Santa Barbara - June 20th, 2017

 

Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for tomorrow, June 21, 2017, in both Santa Barbara and Santa Maria to recognize 39 former state prisoners who have completed a comprehensive re-entry program.  For the past seven years, Community Solutions Inc. in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, have offered Day Reporting Centers (DRC) in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria where former state prisoners are taught valuable skills to help them successfully reintegrate back into their communities. 

 

The Santa Barbara graduation will be held tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Fess Parker Resort located at 633 E Cabrillo Blvd in Santa Barbara and the Santa Maria graduation will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the Airport Radisson Hotel located at 3455 Skyway Drive in Santa Maria.  The Santa Barbara Day Reporting Center will graduate 22 formerly incarcerated prisoners and 17 will graduate from the Santa Maria Day Reporting Center.

 

Sheriff Bill Brown, who will be handing out graduation certificates at both ceremonies, said, “Great things are being achieved at our Day Reporting Centers.  It is always gratifying to see people who have previously run afoul in the criminal justice system, often in conjunction with problems of addiction and/or mental illness, revitalize their lives and become sober, productive members of our community.  I am proud of the graduates and the fine staff from Community Solutions, Incorporated who have helped these former offenders find their way.” 

 

All of the graduates are former state prisoners who were referred to the Day Reporting Centers from their parole agents and participate voluntarily.  Because each client is unique, case managers and program specialists focus on issues specific to the individual and their circumstances.  The range of skill development includes but is not limited to; substance abuse treatment, cognitive behavioral intervention, employment services, career planning, school counseling, transitional housing support and service opportunities.  The participants set personal goals and develop skills to help them make positive changes in their lives. 

 

Santa Barbara Day Reporting Center graduate Mario Torres will receive the Client of the Year Award.  According to Santa Barbara DRC Program Coordinator, Deidre Smith, Torres was chosen because he consistently attended and completed each and every assigned group and performed more than 60 hours of community service.  She said, “Despite the challenge of re-entering the workforce as a senior, he has found and has maintained steady employment.  Mario is a positive influence on all of our clients and exemplifies what it takes to successfully complete the program.”

 

The Day Reporting Centers have helped more than 1200 former state prisoners re-enter society since they opened in 2010.

 

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