The California Jail Programs Association (CJPA) is the only organization that addresses the multiple challenges of inmate programming and custodial services in California. The membership is made up of both sworn and non-sworn professionals in corrections, program management, educational, vocational, psych-social services, recreation, pastoral care and behavioral health, from both large and small county jails. CJPA members understand the unique aspects of jail programming and services.
The goal of CJPA is to rapidly share information, review best practices and evidence based modalities in program delivery. We are invested in developing programs and services that meet the demands of the increasing inmate population with cost effective, results oriented programming, in a safe and secure environment. We network to review innovative practices that improve the quality of inmate programs in any agency despite dwindling budget resources. Professional inmate programs and services have been proven to reduce recidivism and assist facilities maintain a safer environment for detention staff.
I began my tenure as the Inmate Services Programs Manager with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in February 2012. As a “new comer” to the California Criminal Justice and Jail system, the CJPA has been a valuable resource in assisting me with learning about the California systems. The CJPA has also been a great place to meet and network with peers, colleagues and other professionals involved with inmate programs. I would like to thank our past President Greg Boston, Secretary Tim McWilliams and Member at Large Robert Vander Kamp for their hard work and dedication to the CJPA. Additionally, I want to thank our newly elected Board Members for their commitment to leading the charge of the CJPA; Vice President Peter Skinner, Secretary Katie Ward, Treasurer (2nd term) Geoff Henderson, and Member at Large Cheryl Cereghino.
In the on-going effort to reduce recidivism, inmate programs are quickly gaining recognition for the role they play. Programs are more than providing education and vocation certificates. The emphasis of Evidenced Based Practices (EBP) and implementation of Cognitive-Behavior Interventions/Therapy (CBI/T) have brought new challenges to the work that we do. However, it has provided us the opportunity to facilitate real, pro-social changes for offenders, their families and communities.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson