With more space after realignment, California Corrections Department looks to increase rehab programs

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A California Department of Corrections officer speaks to inmates at Chino State Prison

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is hosting meetings to help increase the number of rehab programs for inmates and parolees.

At their meetings in Los Angeles and Oakland, the department will gather ideas for improving inmate rehab programs. They anticipate suggestions from organizations that provide substance abuse treatment, employment services and academic assistance.

Bill Sessa with CDCR says the realignment program has opened the door to provide inmates with more rehab options.

“A lot of the short-term inmates are now serving their time in county jail," said Sessa. "It is freeing up space inside the state prisons and that’s where we will now have space for more of the rehabilitation programming that we’re trying to create.”

Sessa says realignment inmates had been crammed into prison gyms and hallways before realignment. With more space available, the department is building facilities that would house rehabilitation programs for inmates nearing the end of their sentences.

The first meeting is in Los Angeles on Thursday and the second is in Oakland next Tuesday.

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