There is a very interesting piece from two days ago the Fresno Bee via CorrectionsOne linked here about the department bribing parolees to participate in self-betterment programs.
It seems that CDCr is kicking down gigt cards, value between $40 and $150, purchased with state money, to parolees to attend classes and otherwise attempt (or pretend to attempt) to better themselves. The program is currently operational in Stockton and is being fired up in Fresno.
Robert Ambroselli, currently the Region I parole administrator, is quoted as saying that the Stockton program is already making an impression on parolees, whatever that means. (It could mean that it is impressing the parolees with how stupid the department is.)
The gift cards are for sandwich shops, department stores, movie theaters and adult book stores. (OK, I made that last one up. I think.)
Fesno County Sheriff Margaret Mims is quoted as saying, “I hope it works, but I am not sure it will.”
The article is worth the read.