By Howard Gaines, Community Resources Manager
Inmates are placed in the program upon the referral of a chaplain.
The classes give inmates the tools necessary to be productive members of society upon release. The program includes nine components: Life Skills, Corrective Thinking, Responsibility & Accountability, Re-Entry (jobs, financial literacy, goal-setting, addiction, anger, introduction to biblical studies, parenting and victim impact).
The program at CIM is directed by Karin Arango, Field Director of the Prison Fellowship, and trained community volunteers who work full-time jobs by day and are instructors by night.
The recent graduation saw 10 class members successfully complete the program. Warden (A) Tim Perez encouraged the program participants and challenged them to use the tools they obtained to become productive upon release.
The Prison Fellowship Re-Entry program is available at two of CIM’s four facilities and has provided much-needed tools for 40 inmates’ release back into society. The recidivism rate for program participants has been minimal. The program serves inmates being released to Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento counties. Prison Fellowship is working to expand to Riverside and San Bernardino counties.