Serving California places a special emphasis on prisoners and ex-prisoners who want to rebuild their lives. Through our partners, we provide holistic rehabilitative services and programming for inmates and ex-offenders that address their educational, spiritual, vocational, physical and life skill needs.
Recidivism rates for California Prisoners
Among the highest in nation
Serving California has dramatically affected the recidivism rate for California State Prison inmates thru The Urban Ministry Institute, referred to as TUMI.
California has a fluctuating recidivism rate between 45% and 70%. As many as 7 out of 10 inmates released back into our communities commit a new crime and return to prison within a 3 year period.
In 2007, TUMI was introduced into the California State Prison System as a pilot program in 3 State Prisons. Since that initial start date TUMI has expanded into 26 prisons and the recidivism rate for an inmate who has enrolled into the TUMI Program has plummeted to 6.2%. TUMI is a 4 year college seminary program equal to a Masters Degree in Theology, earning the student 32 college credits.
Serving California has invested over $5,000,000.00 to provide the TUMI program to California inmates, and has partnered with World Impact and Prison Fellowship to ensure the TUMI students receive this unique education, as well as transitional reentry assistance when suitable for parole.
Since its inception, hundreds of prisoners have completed the course. The program curriculum emphasizes holistic, non-compulsory, evidence-based course work that promotes transformative character development based on ethical values. Other courses cover basic life skills such as job preparation, social etiquette, financial budgeting, marriage and parenthood.
CDCR officials such as former Warden Robert Uribe of Centinella State Prison have commented on the positive impact TUMI has had on the prison community, “It changed the culture of our prison."
REENTRY TO THE COMMUNITY
Currently when an inmate is released, they are most often given $200.00 and taken to a bus station for transportation to the county where they were convicted. The majority of inmates left alone in this way will make critical errors in judgment and violate their parole in the first three days. Serving California has partnered with, and is supporting reentry providers across California to provide services including reentry homes where participants can transition back into their community from a safe, supportive and drug-free environment. Additional services including job placement, anger management, and drug and alcohol counseling are also provided.