Many parolees struggle to find success in making the transition from prison life to life beyond prison because of the lack of access to necessary and vital programs. Resources are available but sometimes difficult to find.
On December 18, the Sacramento Community Based Coalition (SCBC), the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), and the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) hosted a resource fair to provide 261 parolees and probationers with information about education, employment, health, housing, and treatment resources in the community. The Resource Fair was open to all interested Sacramento County parolees and probationers as well as SCBC clients.
SCBC clients had the opportunity to get assistance and information from:
- 2-1-1 Sacramento
- American Heart Association
- California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
- California Division of Apprenticeship Standards
- California Wrap Around, Inc.
- Cement Masons Local 400 Local
- Center for Fathers and Families
- Clark Pacific
- Cosumnes River College
- Covered California
- Department of Child Support Services
- Department of Health & Human Service
- Laborers Union Local 185
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
- Northern California Construction & Training
- Operating Engineers Local 3
- Planned Parenthood
- Richer and Associates
- Sacramento County Probation Department
- Sacramento Employment Training Agency (SETA)
- Safety Center Incorporated
- Sheet Metal Workers Local 162
- Teamsters Local 150
- WestCare Foundation Substance Abuse Services Coordinating Agency (SASCA) Program
SCBC is a collaborative effort between the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) and the CDCR, specifically designed for men and women reentering the community from state prison. The SCBC program applies LINKS, a groundbreaking SCOE career technical education model aimed at helping high-risk students succeed. Services are tailored to individual students based on their specific needs instead of through traditional, scripted education.
SCBC 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. SCOE has operated the SCBC program since 2007.