Division of Juvenile Justice puts spotlight on social skills

Five days a week, 52 weeks each year, juvenile offenders throughout CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) are honing their social skills. Skill of the Week is a Cognitive Behavior Treatment program that takes place in a living unit in a large group setting, led by either a Youth Correctional Counselor or mental health expert.

CDCR Parole Agents play key role in public safety, rehabilitation

CDCR parole agents work around the clock to keep the community safe, from checking in on parolees on their caseloads to make sure they’re following their conditions of parole to connecting former offenders with resources that will help them be successful in their communities. One of the key roles agents play is in maintaining an open dialogue with parolees, explaining to them in no uncertain terms why it’s important to stay on the right track.

DJJ mental health expert discusses inner workings of adolescent brain

The human brain is not fully developed until around age 25, which may help explain why teenagers and people in their early 20s don’t always act or react in the same way as adults. Psychologist Heather Bowlds, Division of Juvenile Justice Associate Director of Mental Health, visited California State Prison-Solano to explain the adolescent brain to inmate mentors and staff.

Rehabilitation doesn’t stop at the gate

The successful reintegration of offenders into their communities is a vital part of CDCR’s efforts. At the forefront of this charge is the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO), tasked with supervising thousands of former inmates as they return home. Under the direction of Denise Milano, Regional Parole Administrator for the DAPO Northern Region, DAPO has successfully developed supervision models for a diverse and increasingly high-risk parolee population. For these efforts, she is recognized as the DAPO Professional of the Year.