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    CITY OF EAST PALO ALTO                      RONALD L. DAVIS
   POLICE DEPARTMENT                            CHIEF OF POLICE
    141 Demeter Street                                  (650) 853-3125
    East Palo Alto, CA 94303                    rdavis@cityofepa.org ________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        For additional Information:
Release Date: March 19, 2009           Captain Carl Estelle

                                                       Ph. 650.464-6831

         Parolees Report to Police Department –
                           For Jobs, Not Jail

March 19 – On Friday, March 20, 2009, twenty (20) parolees from the East Palo Alto parole reentry program will report to the Police Department to start their first full day of work in a $1 million job program offered by the Police Department and funded by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Cal Trans.

The parolees will form two work crews and conduct litter abatement and general clean-up services on state highways in the area. Work crew members will be paid $10/hour, work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Work crews will start at 8:00 a.m. at the Police Department’s Parole Reentry Substation, located at 219 Demeter Street, East Palo Alto, where they will receive their equipment and daily briefing.

The media is invited to the March 20th briefing at 8:00 a.m.

To qualify for these jobs, parolees must be participants in the City’s reentry program and have successful completed an assessment process, Cal Trans training, and Phase 1 of the city’s reentry program. Work crew members attended their first orientation today at the Police Department.

Background

In 2007, the CDCR entered into a 3 ½ year contract with the City of East Palo Alto to establish the East Palo Alto Community-Based Coalition (CBC) and implement a model parole reentry program that blends enforcement and programming services. The CBC is comprised of the Police Department, Free-At-Last, Job Train and the Ministerial Alliance.

The CBC was initiated by Assembly Bill 2436 authored by Assembly Member Ira Ruskin and funded by CDCR at $3.4 million. Since January 2008, the CBC has served over 150 parolees. There are approximately 50 parolees currently enrolled in the program.

The CDCR recently expanded its contract with the City by an additional $1 million to implement the 12-month Cal Trans job program. East Palo Alto and Sacramento County are the only programs in the state offering this job component. East Palo Alto is the only city that CDCR contracts with to implement a reentry program.

The East Palo Alto Police Department is the only police department in California operating a CDCR funded parole-reentry program.

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