The Cal State San Bernardino Reentry Initiative (CSRI) is a project under the California State University San Bernardino, University Enterprises Corporation. Development began in 2006 when a group of nonprofit organizations, San Bernardino County departments and the City of San Bernardino Mayor’s Office came together to address the issue of individuals returning to the region from incarceration in state prison. At the time, San Bernardino County had the third largest number of individuals incarcerated behind Los Angeles County and Cook County, Illinois. After completing a needs assessment of parolees, this group worked together to develop a plan for a comprehensive, under-one-roof center, providing individualized services and evidence-based programming combined with wraparound case management. After five years of planning and with guidance from the former Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the California State University San Bernardino Day Reporting Center (CSUSB DRC) opened its doors in the City of San Bernardino in February 2011.
This nonprofit collaborative approach to parolee reentry with a California State University as the lead proved effective. Within less than two years, the CSUSB DRC was asked to open two additional centers. With expansion came a name change to the Cal State San Bernardino Reentry Initiative (CSRI). CSRI Victorville opened in 2013 followed by Moreno Valley in 2014. CSRI’s fourth site opened in Indio in 2017. Serving 450 parolees at any given time, throughout CSRI’s eight years, over 7,000 individuals have been assisted in their rehabilitation making our region a safer place to live and work.
Collaborative Approach to Reentry
CSRI understands the broad range of services that individuals returning from incarceration need to ensure successful reintegration into the community and their families. From the beginning, founders made a commitment to utilize highly qualified community partners to provide programming such as GED, substance use disorder education/counseling, 52-week batterer’s intervention, community navigation, provision of snacks and transitional housing. CSRI believes that there are many well respected, effective community-based organizations that know their communities better than CSRI. Approximately 25% of the CSRI budget is provided to local community-based organizations or education entities.