Former Inmates Make a Difference in Lives of Youth Offenders

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Former inmates make a difference in lives of youth offenders By Joe Orlando, CDCR Public Information Officer It was a night to celebrate when 34 juvenile offenders at O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility (YCF) successfully completed and graduated from the IMPACT (Incarcerated Men Putting Away Childish Things) program. IMPACT is a partnership between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) Juvenile Gang Operations (JGO) and the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). It is designed to help break the power and influence gangs and violence wield within DJJ facilities. Three of the four DJJ facilities run the IMPACT program: N.A Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility (YCF), O.H. Close YCF, and Ventura YCF. During the last week of March, 444 youth graduated from IMPACT programs throughout DJJ. A total of 150 males and nine females graduated from Ventura YCF. 145 from N.A. Chaderjian YCF, AND 140 graduated from OH. Close YCF. Ventura Senior Facilitator, Jason Gottlieb, said this is the highest male graduation rate his facility has ever had at 97 percent. Roger is a 19-year-old offender at O.H. Close who’s graduated. “I’ve learned to let the little things go, and not get so frustrated by things I can’t control,” he said. Another graduate, Deante, said, “On a scale of 1-10, this is a 10. This is a big step to becoming a man, taking responsibility, leaving behind childish things. I want to be able to pass this along to my friends when I get out, and hopefully make it a generational thing to pass on what I learned to my kids and their kids.” IMPACT is designed to make juvenile facilities safer and improve opportunities for juvenile offenders while preventing further crime and victimization by reducing violence. IMPACT also provides an opportunity for offenders to dissociate from gangs, make connections to the community and develop other competencies and skills to supplement and enhance their current treatment plans. IMPACT is a 12-week program taught by ex-offenders who have successfully transitioned into society. They developed the program as a self-help strategy while in prison and have facilitated the program for over 15 years. They are living proof to young offenders of the possibility of change. The four instructors involved with this IMPACT program are contracted by the state, and have served time in either state or federal prison. Kevin Kemp is a Senior Instructor and IMPACT Vice President. “The biggest thrill for me is seeing the light come on,” Kemp said. “We plant the seed and see it grow.” Instructor Letitcia “Tish” Thompson has been involved with the IMPACT program for several years. She started the program in the female wing at Ventura YCF in 2011. “We try to teach life skills to these youth. All of us can relate to what they have been through. Most of us came from homes that weren’t very stable; we’ve all done time for our crimes. So whatever they’re going through, I think it’s important for them to know we can relate, help them work through things and give them options in life,” Thompson explained. The young offenders earned IMPACT graduation certificates. Lots of Chinese food was eaten, two cakes devoured, and then a few of the grads spoke. “I learned about integrity. I didn’t even know what it meant...

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Project Impact Feat. in INSIDE CDCR

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Project Impact Feat. in INSIDE CDCR

Former inmates make a difference in lives of youth offenders By Joe Orlando, CDCR Public Information Officer It was a night to celebrate when 34 juvenile offenders at O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility (YCF) successfully completed and graduated from the IMPACT (Incarcerated Men Putting Away Childish Things) program.

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PI Curriculum Overview

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The IMPACT program has developed a curriculum which addresses the main thinking errors and problem behaviors associated with recidivism. Using the combined experiences of the curriculum developers and the research on delinquency and behavior, the curriculum provides youth with a unique perspective and knowledge from individuals who have lived their experiences. At the completion of each module a youth receives a graduation ceremony and certificate provided by the IMPACT program. At each session youth will participate in a variety of discussion topics, activities and role plays. The IMPACT facilitators are trained to use positive incentives and reinforcement during the group sessions. The facilitators strive to create a positive open atmosphere, and implement a 4-to-1 ratio of positive reinforcement to consequences for negative behavior. For more information and for a breakdown of modules, click...

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Project IMPACT 2015

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Project IMPACT 2015

The IMPACT program has developed a curriculum which addresses the main thinking errors and problem behaviors associated with recidivism. Using the combined experiences of the curriculum developers and the research on delinquency and behavior, the curriculum provides youth with a unique perspective and knowledge from individuals who have lived their experiences.

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Women Incarcerated Still Enduring

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Featured, Home | 0 comments

Women Incarcerated Still Enduring

More info coming soon!

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