Reentry program joins Great American Cleanup

Men participating in the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Kern County rolled up their sleeves for a good cause April 21 by participating in the Great American Cleanup in Bakersfield. The participants helped with sweeping, picking up trash and weed removal. They cleaned up in the 34th Street area of Bakersfield, and then joined their fellow volunteers for more cleaning and a barbecue lunch at Yokuts Park.

Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is a nationwide community improvement program that engages more than 5 million volunteers on a single day to perform community service projects. The cleanup is a great fit with the MCRP reentry model, which works to reintegrate returning offenders as productive members of their communities.

MCRP is a reentry program that allows eligible offenders to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community program in lieu of state prison. While at MCRP, participants take place in an intensive rehabilitative curriculum focused on successful reentry, including substance use disorder treatment, anger management, criminal thinking, family reunification and employment. MCRPs currently operate in Los Angeles, San Diego, Kern County and Butte County. The MCRP in Bakersfield is operated through a partnership with Turning Point of Central California.