The CDCR - Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) - Kern is a work release center located in Bakersfield, CA. This re-entry facility works with the California Department of Corrections integrating soon to be released inmates into society and the workplace. The minimum security detail is for inmates that get transported to a “day job” on the outside and come back to the facility in the evening. When an inmate makes it here, they are literally one-foot out the door. For many, this will be their last stop before freedom. They are comprised of non-secure dormitories which are bed checked and counted at night by correctional officers. The facilities have group toilets and shower areas adjacent to the sleeping quarters that contain double bunks and lockers. The facility has a no securing fence and is literally operating on a sort of honor system. There is less supervision and control over inmates in the dormitories and less supervision of inmate movement within the building than at any other incarceration level. The inmates are assigned to work in the general public at regular, approved jobs and generally pose the least risk to public safety.
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Reentry & Treatment Facilities partner with state and local governments to provide community-based adult residential reentry services to offenders released or diverted from prison. These facilities are designed to provide structured programming with a focus on substance abuse treatment and education and changing criminal behaviors. Additional services offered at residential reentry facilities include comprehensive assessment, individual and group counseling, life-skills training, and aftercare. Ultimately, each program helps prepare residents to successfully reintegrate into their communities.
In the state system, the reentry philosophy begins with the first day of incarceration, having the inmate focus on their release preparation with 18 months remaining on their sentence. The Release Preparation Program includes classes in areas such as writing a resume, finding a job, and keeping that job. The program also includes presentations by community-based organizations that help ex-inmates find jobs and training opportunities after release.
The Inmate Transition Branch provides additional pre-release employment assistance. Many institutions hold mock job fairs to provide inmates an opportunity to practice job interview skills and to expose community recruiters to the skills available among releasing inmates. Qualified inmates may apply for jobs with companies that have posted job openings. This Branch also helps inmates prepare release folders that include a resume; certificates of completion of programs in education or other vocational training certificates, earned diplomas, and other requisite documents needed for job searches and subsequent interviews.
The reentry program also aims to provide transitional case management services. Transitional case management will consist of identifying an inmates basic and technical needs and linking him with targeted resources prior to his release. If an inmate’s primary needs for survival are initially addressed (including food, clothing and shelter), he/she will have a greater success in obtaining a job, establishing a career and maintaining a crime free quality of life.