Boulder, CO (PRWEB) November 10, 2010
Kern County Probation will partner with BI Incorporated, the nation’s largest provider of treatment, training and supervision programs for community corrections, to open and operate a Day Reporting Center (DRC) for adult probationers. BI will provide treatment, training and case management services at the Kern County DRC for offenders who pose a moderate to high risk of failing probation and potentially returning to jail. The center will open on Nov. 22 and will be located at 500 Baker St. in Bakersfield.
Up to 50 adult offenders will be enrolled in the DRC. Offenders diverted to the DRC will go through a multi-phase program that includes regular reporting to the center, intensive treatment and training, and ongoing testing for drug and alcohol use. Offenders will also participate in classes geared to change criminal behavior and reduce recidivism.
To open this center, Kern County is applying funds received through federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) of 2009 for evidence-based probation supervision for adult felony offenders. “Kern County’s DRC, and other centers like it, offer an alternative to the high cost of incarceration,” said Matt Moore, BI’s West Coast Regional Manager. “Just as importantly, the center will feature programs that teach offenders how to change their thinking and avoid criminal behavior. This makes the public safer and saves tax dollars.”
Offenders will go to the Kern County DRC for up to 180 days. Failure to comply with rules and guidelines at the DRC will result in increased sanctions such as tighter curfews, additional classes, more frequent reporting, house arrest or re-incarceration. Upon completion of the program, offenders will return periodically for Aftercare. BI’s programs are cognitive behavioral treatment programs operating under evidence-based principles.
BI is also operating day reporting center programs for probationers in Napa, Monterey, San Joaquin, Madera and Merced counties as well as centers for higher risk parolees for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Stockton and San Diego. BI also provides electronic monitoring equipment for jurisdictions throughout California.
About BI Incorporated (http://www.bi.com)
Established in 1978, BI Incorporated is the leading technology, treatment and supervision company in community corrections today. BI contracts with approximately 900 governmental agencies nationwide, supporting them with a full continuum of intensive supervision technologies and community-based cognitive behavioral reentry programs for adult and juvenile offenders. BI’s ISO-certified national monitoring center, owned and operated by BI, provides 24/7 expert support supervision services exclusively for governmental agencies. BI works closely with local public corrections officials to cost effectively reduce recidivism, promote public safety, and strengthen the communities it serves using evidence-based practices in a community setting.
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