Napa Chief PO discusses jail program
BI offers an in-jail treatment and training program designed for inmates to receive evidence-based programming. Candidates are carefully selected by the corrections agency for this program. The inmates receive many of the same treatment and training that they will receive when they are released to a BI Day Reporting Center or Core Model Day Reporting program, including cognitive behavioral treatment.
The goal is to introduce treatment and training to facilitate a successful transition to life at home, continue programming at a day reporting program, and maximize the impact of programs delivered. After assessing risks and needs of inmates in the jail and initiating programming while in custody, the transition to a community-based program is seamless and behavior change is expedited.
Counties can leverage the in-jail treatment and training program so inmates can reduce time in jail if they successfully complete certain levels of the program. This incentive has worked for counties, as inmates are asking to participate—a win-win-win for taxpayers, program participants and their families, and the local criminal justice system. As with community-based day reporting, inmates participating in in-custody programs are held accountable for their behavior and consequences are clear and firmly applied, as are rewards for positive compliance.