Parolees Honored For Turning Their Lives Around

Sacramento Community Based Coalition graduationSACRAMENTO – Many parolees struggle to find success because the transition from prison life to life beyond prison is challenging. However, those parolees who find success deserve special recognition.

On today, Jan. 16, the Sacramento Community Based Coalition (SCBC) All-Star Event will honor nearly 160 Sacramento County parolees and their families who are committed to making a successful reentry into their communities, and improving their lives, as well as the lives of their families.

The event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

SCBC is a collaborative effort between the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) specifically designed for men and women reentering the community from state prison.

The program is designed to help people transition back into their local communities and families, resume their educations, and find and start successful careers. During the last year, 30-40% of the total Sacramento County parole population has been referred to the SCBC program. Less than one-third of those clients recommit and are sent back to prison. The state recidivism rate is nearly 75-percent.

Program participants are eligible to receive educational services that include literacy skills, GED and high school diplomas, math skills, vocational training referrals, and substance abuse education. Participants include men and women on parole in Sacramento County who have been referred by their Parole Agent.

The Doubletree Hotel is located at 2001 Point West Way in Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 228-3375 or (916) 952-7621.

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By Antonio Harvey
Observer Staff Writer