Sacto 9-1-1
July 25, 2012
County transitional program graduates 32 more ex-offenders

Thirty-two ex-offenders graduate today from a Sacramento County program that helps them transition back into society.

The program teaches ex-offenders to avoid conflict. Franklin Jones, a graduate of the Adult Day Reporting Center program, said he has learned how to make the right decisions and to avoid old habits.

"I now slow down and gather my thoughts while making choices, solving problems, dealing with situations," Jones said.

So far, 80 ex-offenders have graduated from the program that can last up to 12 months, according to a county press release.

The program includes cognitive-behavior treatment classes, family support services, social activities, referrals to community organizations and participation in victim restitution work crews.

Don Meyer, Sacramento County's Chief Probation Officer, said that of the 32 graduates today, 18 were supervised by his department since their release from prison under a law that involves the state transferring authority over some offenders to counties.

"We identify and focus on the highest risk offenders so we can devote our most intensive services to them," said Meyer.

The reporting center program includes employees from county probation, county mental health and Strategies for Change, a organization the uses cognitive behavioral curriculum and counseling.

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