Friends and families gathered for a celebration to mark the turnaround of 18 former criminal offenders. Madera County Probation Department and BI Incorporated sponsored a dinner in honor of those who completed the Madera County Day Reporting program.
The department works with the agency to run the Day Reporting Center, which has operated locally since 2010. The center provides intensive counseling and education to offenders who, without intervention, are deemed to be at moderate-to-high risk of reoffending. The aim is to reduce recidivism, according to case manager Araceli Garcia.
“Offenders go through a multi-phase program that includes regular reporting to the center, intensive treatment, education and employment training and ongoing drug and alcohol testing. Offenders also participate in cognitive behavior classes that are proven to change criminal behavior,” said Garcia.
The transition celebration, themed “Breaking Barriers,” at Enterprise Secondary School on Jan. 16 was the fifth hosted since the program’s inception...