Title

The Effectiveness of Reentry Programs: The AB 109 Experience

Poster Number

19C

Lead Author Major

Psychology

Lead Author Status

Senior

Format

Poster Presentation (Research Day, April 30)

Faculty Mentor Name

Marylou Bagus-Hansen

Faculty Mentor Department

Undergraduate Education

Abstract/Artist Statement

It is assumed that after a convicted criminal is released, no matter how small the crime, they are likely to reoffend. Reentry programs are designed to provide citizens who have recently been released from state prison or county jail with aid to reenter society with hopes in reducing recidivism. The California’s Assembly Bill 109 (commonly referred to as AB 109 or Realignment AB 109) was established after it was ruled that the inmates’ Eighth Amendment Rights were violated because of the inadequate medical and mental health care in the California State Prisons.

So how effective is the California’s Assembly Bill 109? As part of the Pacific College Corps in the Spring 2022 semester, I was able to serve in El Concilio’s AB 109 program. El Concilio is a nonprofit community-based organization dedicated to helping the low income, minority, and marginalized communities in California’s Central Valley. The AB 109 program at El Concilio, Stockton combines various services such as case management supervision, counseling referrals, employment referrals, and court advocacy to help its clients. I was able to assess the effectiveness of the AB 109 program at El Concilio through interviews with one of the case managers who work for the program and clients who are a part of the program. Combined with research, I answer the question of how El Concilio’s AB 109 program compares to other AB 109 programs in California, particularly to programs established in Los Angeles, and detail some of the universal challenges with the AB 109 program.

Location

Information Commons, William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center

Start Date

30-4-2022 10:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2022 12:00 PM

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The Effectiveness of Reentry Programs: The AB 109 Experience

Information Commons, William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center

It is assumed that after a convicted criminal is released, no matter how small the crime, they are likely to reoffend. Reentry programs are designed to provide citizens who have recently been released from state prison or county jail with aid to reenter society with hopes in reducing recidivism. The California’s Assembly Bill 109 (commonly referred to as AB 109 or Realignment AB 109) was established after it was ruled that the inmates’ Eighth Amendment Rights were violated because of the inadequate medical and mental health care in the California State Prisons.

So how effective is the California’s Assembly Bill 109? As part of the Pacific College Corps in the Spring 2022 semester, I was able to serve in El Concilio’s AB 109 program. El Concilio is a nonprofit community-based organization dedicated to helping the low income, minority, and marginalized communities in California’s Central Valley. The AB 109 program at El Concilio, Stockton combines various services such as case management supervision, counseling referrals, employment referrals, and court advocacy to help its clients. I was able to assess the effectiveness of the AB 109 program at El Concilio through interviews with one of the case managers who work for the program and clients who are a part of the program. Combined with research, I answer the question of how El Concilio’s AB 109 program compares to other AB 109 programs in California, particularly to programs established in Los Angeles, and detail some of the universal challenges with the AB 109 program.