The long-term solution to California correctional challenges is reducing recidivism and returning offenders to productive lifestyles. BI Incorporated has operated Day Reporting Centers for state and county correctional agencies for more than a decade. These centers deliver evidence-based practices proven to reduce recidivism. These programs are ideal as an AB 109/117 solution because they can be implemented rapidly and they address the root of recidivism – criminal thinking. By reducing recidivism, Day Reporting Centers can reduce pressure on the local jail and cut future correctional costs.
Offenders referred to a BI DRC go through a multi-phase program that includes frequent reporting to the center. Offenders go to a DRC for up to 180 days. Individuals are placed at different levels of treatment and training based on assessed risks and needs, which includes use of the LSI-R®. BI monitors offenders closely with daily check-ins, ongoing drug and alcohol testing and intensive case management. Failure to comply with DRC rules and guidelines results in increased sanctions such as tighter curfews, additional classes, more frequent reporting, house arrest or re-incarceration. When offenders complete the program, they return periodically for Aftercare.
BI bases its Day Reporting Center model on What Works in corrections research. BI DRCs help offenders:
Offenders referred to a BI DRC participate in some or all of these group classes and programs:
At a BI Day Reporting Center, BI operates a unique program called Community Connections. It links offenders with local resources to stabilize their lives in the community. As part of Community Connections, offenders attend regular presentations from local service providers such as employment, housing, and mental health treatment agencies, faith-based organizations, and vocational/technical schools and programs.
BI recruits qualified staff, many of whom have worked in community corrections, from the communities we serve to work at our Day Reporting Centers. In addition, BI has extensive training and mentoring programs to cultivate program leaders versed in What Works in corrections. These individuals help launch new Day Reporting Centers and even take management roles at new programs. BI staff members are immersed in evidence-based practices, and work closely with local probation officers to share these practices. Multicultural considerations are important to reflect local diversity.
BI celebrates clients’ success with transitional graduation ceremonies, where members of clients’ family, the community, the corrections agency and others mark completion of the DRC programming and transition to a new chapter in this person’s life. Held twice a year at each DRC, these events are powerful reminders to participants the community supports their transition to the community as contributing members of society.