Santa Barbara supervisors back parole program
February 17, 2010
In an effort to reduce former prisoners from re-offending, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown’s plan to build two parole day reporting centers won board of supervisor support on Tuesday. [Noozhawk]
With a reporting center in Santa Maria and one in the Santa Barbara area, 300 parolees could be enrolled in the program, which would include job training, substance abuse counseling, anger management, high school completion classes, parenting training and case management. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has said that it will fund the effort and not require any money from the county.
Studies show that 70 percent of the parole population ends up back in prison within three years of their release. Currently, parolees, many who have spent years behind bars, are provided $200 and dropped off in the county where they were arrested.