Re "Flaws in prison realignment need to be fixed" (Editorials, Nov. 5): The editorial was right on target about the plight of our cities, counties and neighborhoods in dealing with the upsurge in untrained parolees from state prison (who have now become Sacramento County probationers), and the lack of any real rehabilitation.
There is no meaningful job training in state prison, and there hasnt been any in years. The county jail system can only offer a small group of training courses, many of which are remedial, and the vocational programs they offer like welding are wonderful, but when the jail prisoner goes out on probation, there is a profound disconnect, as there is nowhere they can go to brush up on welding skills, for example, and receive intensive help on both resume preparation and further training, which ex-offenders desperately need. Vocational rehabilitation programs inside, need to be connected to an outside partner.
The re-direction of funds along with televising CCP hearings are solid ideas, but we also need Sacramento County to buy into a fixed funding percentage for vocational rehabilitation so that good programs like Twin Rivers Adult School can be expanded to help more ex-offenders. Twin Rivers is ideally positioned to partner with the Sheriffs Department to offer inside-outside vocational courses so that the jail prisoner, when released on probation, can immediately go into the outside link to the class they were taking inside. The beauty of this is that
Twin Rivers can offer this training at no cost to the county. Its a win-win for all.
-- Larry Bowler and Robert Presley
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