On June 4, the achievements of nearly 50 Yolo County Day Reporting Center (DRC) clients were celebrated at a spring graduation where the theme was "Moving Forward." The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) has now completed its second year of operation at its Woodland-based program for probationers and parolees. The Yolo County DRC has proven to be a cost-effective approach to managing offenders and is successfully aiding clients in making successful transitions back into their communities.
In addition to honoring clients who had completed the program, Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto and Chief Probation Officer Brent Cardall both received a Partnership Award for their dedication to the DRC. Additionally, several staff members from Communicare Health Centers received a Professional Service Award for the workshops and mental health counseling provided on-site to DRC clients.
The Yolo County DRC, which opened in February 2013, provides vocational training and life skills programs designed to teach former inmates and offenders the skills needed to find and keep a job. Clients also have access to educational programs, drug and alcohol treatment, and parenting and anger-management classes. The services are offered at the Cameron Training Center building, adjacent to the Yolo County Jail. All services are provided on-site and at no cost to the client.
The DRC is a collaborative effort between SCOE, the Yolo County Sheriff's Department, the Yolo County Probation Department, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in response to AB 109 realignment legislation addressing public safety. It is one of the first "hybrid" models in the state serving county probationers, those released and participating in electronic monitoring, and state parolees.
The goal of the DRC is to reduce recidivism through effective community integration by addressing the causes of re-offending behavior, strengthening individuals and families, and improving public safety as a whole. The program provides high quality, evidence-based, and effective services to clients.
Partner providers offer services such as GED preparation, domestic violence intervention, and substance abuse classes. Additionally, partners assist clients in determining benefits eligibility, child support, veteran outreach services, and other public resources.