With more criminals remaining in the custody of local jails rather than being shipped off to state prisons, Madera County is relying on one simple idea: reduce crime — and the jail population — by changing the way criminals think.
Nearly two years ago the Madera County Probation Department partnered with BI Incorporated, a company that provides community re-entry programs for prisoners and probationers, to do just that.
Since then, 44 Madera probationers have found jobs or enrolled in school and graduated from the program.
“It’s a one-stop shop that runs smoothly because we’re working together on the same goal, which is success in our probationers,” said Deputy Probation Officer Paul DeOrian. “It’s about behavior change, so they don’t reoffend.” ...