By Lt. Brian Davi, AA/Public Information Officer
Central California Women’s Facility

The Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) and the Reentry Hub program through the Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) have combined efforts with the goal to provide rehabilitative services to inmates who have been classified as a “program failure.”

On July 13, 2015, a pilot program at CCWF was introduced to the inmate population as a self-help group. This program helps inmates who have received multiple serious and administrative rule violation reports and were placed in Work/Group Privilege/Group C over C (C/C) status by a Unit Classification Committee (UCC).  This status restricts the inmate to their rooms for most of the day and can last up to 180 days.

The eight-week 32-hour intense program is voluntary and delivers help in substance abuse treatment, anger management, criminal thinking, family relations, conflict resolution and how to deal with trauma and triggers.  Approximately 46 inmates enrolled in the first session at CCWF and 30 completed the program.  Inmate state-certified drug and alcohol counselors and mentors deliver the curriculum on a voluntary basis.

Successful completion of this program combined with the participant’s commitment to remain disciplinary free earns them a hearing with UCC for consideration of early termination of their C/C status.

Since the inception of the program, the incidents related to this inmate group have significantly dropped.

“There has been three sessions at CCWF with 126 inmates enrolled and 85 inmates completing the program overall. About 60 of the 85 inmates were removed from C/C for being disciplinary free,” said Correctional Counselor III Pete Cerrillo, Reentry Hub Manager who oversees the program.

Warden D. K. Johnson said the program shows there is a better way for the inmates.

“The participants who have successfully been terminated from C/C status are eager to continue with their rehabilitative goals,” Warden Johnson said. “Several of them have approached me, describing their appreciation of the program and their new desires to stay disciplinary free.”