“Creating Opportunities for Change”

California Jail Program Association

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.

CJPA Officers

Brian Gallaway, Interim President

Sonoma County

Ashley Chapman, Interim Vice President
San Luis Obispo County

Vacant, Secretary

Alison Ordille, Treasurer
San Luis Obispo County

America Velasco, Member At Large
Marin County

Christina (Chris) Martin-CJPA President

President’s Message

I am honored to serve as President of the California Jail Programs Association (CJPA).  It’s an organization that does amazing things and I hope to represent it well.  My deepest appreciation goes out to the previous Board, all of whom have been an enormous support and resource:

Rosa Lazenby, Riverside County (President)

Liana Whisler, Sonoma County (Secretary)

Cecil Argue, Ventura County (Treasurer)

As a member of CJPA since 2014, I have been the recipient of its many benefits.  As a new Inmate Services Manager, the ability to network with experts in the field was invaluable and I continue to learn from my colleagues as we address the challenges – and rewards – of providing in-custody rehabilitation, re-entry strategies, and delivering evidence-based practices.

It is my privilege to serve on this Executive Board with an all-inclusive representation of staff serving the community through jail programs in small, medium, and large counties throughout northern and southern California:  Vice President Deirdre Smith (Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office), Secretary Sgt. Brian Smith (Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office), Treasurer Alison Ordille (San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office), and Member-At-Large America Velasco (Marin County Sheriff’s Office).    In addition to the new Board’s dedication to carry on the mission of CJPA, and continuing the work of the outgoing Board, we are committed to ensuring the future success of CJPA in its purpose to transform lives and effect change through jail programs.

The Executive Board has identified three primary goals for our term:

  1. Increase CJPA membership and enhance its value
  2. Review/Evaluate CJPA Conference format for efficiency and fiscal responsibility
  3. Strengthen our relationship with the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) and increase collaboration with the California State Sheriff’s Association (CSSA)

Conferences are already scheduled for 2020 in San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Stanislaus counties.  We greatly appreciate our hosting counties as well as the new and loyal partners and sponsors for their support.

On behalf of the CJPA Executive Board, I look forward to seeing what great things the membership will accomplish over the next two years.

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