Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Monterey County Day Reporting Center (DRC)

BJA Program(s): Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
State(s): CA

Grantee Agency: See below

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2010/$475,760

About the Program:

The Monterey County Day Reporting Center (DRC) opened Dec. 28, 2009, using JAG funding to launch the program. The program, which employs evidence-based principles, is designed for probationers who pose a moderate to high risk level of returning to jail. The county opened the DRC in an effort to reduce chronic jail overcrowding, reduce costs, and reduce criminal activity in the area. Specific elements of the DRC, which is open six days a week, include frequent check-ins, drug testing, case management, cognitive behavioral treatment, and other classes designed to reduce criminal risk and guide offenders to productive behavior. The program focuses on problems that often lead to criminal activity, such as substance abuse issues, negative thinking, lack of education and unemployment. By addressing these challenges, offenders reenter the community with better relationship, life and work skills, reducing the likelihood of re-offense.

More than 50 probationers are currently enrolled in the program. Individuals referred to the center go through: (1) An assessment and planning phase that includes reviewing criminogenic risk and needs and developing a behavior change plan for each participant; (2) A treatment phase that includes one-on-one Moral Reconation Therapy cognitive behavioral treatment, substance abuse counseling, employment services, and referrals to service providers for issues such as domestic violence, anger management, and parenting skills. A bright spot within the program has been the parenting program. By connecting offenders and their families with supportive parenting practices, the program is making headway in stabilizing participants; (3) An Aftercare component that includes relapse prevention elements, periodic check-ins with the case manager, and a long-term plan for successful community life.

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

Those entering the DRC and completing phases, as well as those in aftercare, have been provided cognitive as well as life skills to successfully integrate in the community. In every aftercare client, they have not been arrested on new criminal cases, or violations of probation, since their original release date from custody. In almost every case, this has been at least one year. The cost savings to Monterey County has not yet been determined. In many of the Phase II and Phase III clients, they have demonstrated the ability to remain out of custody while in treatment at the DRC. Again, it appears that cognitive behavioral change has decreased recidivism rates, increased employment rates, and affected county cost of incarceration.

Because of the above mentioned factors, an overall demonstrated reduction in criminality affects overall community safety, in addition to potential county cost savings. Many of the clients are actively employed, providing for their families, and re-investing in the community. In several cases, referrals have been made to other clients by the very clients that have been receiving services. This client-based proactive referral system has also led to positive results when referrals are made to the DRC, decreasing potential client failures.

In addition to a general reduction in criminality, criminal thinking and behavior, about 40% of the DRC clientele are known gang members. Through the modality taught at the DRC, these individuals also show a decrease in their criminality, also adding to the reduction in crimes against persons. Again, safety of the community, albeit on a small scale, is enhanced through the efforts of the staff and clients at the DRC.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Humberto Sanchez
Phone: 831-754-3975


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