Programs that help transition criminal offenders back into society could get a more than $2.5 million boost in funding if the county board of supervisors approves the action, probation officials said.

The Community Corrections Partnership voted to award $2.6 million in State AB 109 funds to community based organizations. Those funds are awarded to counties based on their performances in reducing recidivism in the corrections system.

Of that $2.6 million funding surge, $1.2 million was awarded to six organizations for transitional housing and sober living environments. The remainder was awarded to five organizations for vocational, education and mentoring services.

“These programs are key components in the CCP’s strategic plan to address service gaps and provide for successful transitioning from custody status to community supervision,” a press release issued by the Kern County Probation Department states.

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