DAPO, state prison team up to provide information to offenders
By OPEC Staff
Photos by Pleasant Valley State Prison
People incarcerated at Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) in Coalinga learned about resources available to offenders returning to their communities thanks to an all-day event organized by the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO).
Monica Delgado, Kern County agent for the Adult Programs Unit (APU), assisted in coordinating the all-day PVSP Provider Fair. APU and community providers had the opportunity to share information about services, from residential, sober living and transitional housing to outpatient services, CORE and the STAR program. The CORE program offers courses to address criminogenic needs in the areas of education, financial literacy, Career Technical Education, career readiness and digital literacy, while STOP (Specialized Treatment for Optimized Programming) provides a broad variety of evidence-based services to assist parolees in California counties with substance use disorder treatment, education, literacy, employment and job readiness, cognitive behavioral treatment, anger management, family relations, criminal thinking, community referrals and housing.
The Parole and Community Team (PACT) meeting was also covered, as this provides further services that local organizations and providers have to offer. The PACT orientation meeting is a mandatory event that gives people just released from prison a chance to see what services are available in their communities to help them succeed at home.
Other agencies that attended the PVSP Provider Fair were Project Rebound, which provides higher education resources to parolees; Jason’s Retreat, a residential drug treatment program; Turning Point Residential Multi-Service Center, which is another drug treatment option; Visalia Rescue Mission; and a Correctional Counselor II who shared information about the Alternative Custody Program, a voluntary program in which eligible inmates may serve their sentence in the community in lieu of state prison. They picked up pamphlets from each vendor and indicated they were excited to make a plan.
“APU’s goal is to provide our clients with information and awareness of various programs that are available upon paroling into the community,” said Parole Agent III Lonnie DeWitt Jr., APU. “We implore our paroling population to take advantage of the services offered to assist with a smooth transition into the community.”