From Our Prison to Your Adult School or Have Laptop; Will Travel

Session 2: 1:00pm-2:00pm (Friday March 01, 2024)



California has a recidivism problem. In 2015, the recidivism rate was reported to be about 68%. According to the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) Office of Research, the recidivism rate for 2022 was around 50%. Since 2016, The CDCR Office of Correctional Education (OCE) has been providing its residents with a course called TRANSITIONS. The course was designed to prepare students for societal reentry focusing on job acquisition and financial literacy. Since then, the scope of the program has expanded to include intensive self-inquiry, self-knowledge components, and general life skills. A major contribution to the reduced recidivism rates is the Department and OCE’s commitment to educate the incarcerated population. This session will provide the participants with an overview of our programs and the opportunity to formulate a plan to support recently incarcerated persons in their adult schools.


Lead Presenter Bio Photo

Amy Pattin

CDCR - CSP, Sacramento

Amy Jo Pattin is currently a school principal for a California State Prison. Her professional career spans over 25 years as an educator having taught pre-kindergarten - graduate school. Amy specializes in administrative technologies and performance-increasing initiatives. She has excellent statistical, systems management and communication skills and is dedicated to learning, growing, and exceling in correctional education & rehabilitation. Amy’s favorite pastime is hiking with her dogs.

Lead Presenter Bio Photo

Patrick O'Neill

CDCR: DRP: Office of Correctional Education

Patrick J. O'Neill is a career educator leading Catholic schools at both the elementary and secondary level. In 2016, he turned his attention to adult education. The California Department of Corrections hired him to teach new program called TRANSITIONS, preparing students for reentry. He now serves as a district administrator developing and leading the eLearning program among other duties that include supporting the Education Technology department hence his involvement with DLAC through OTAN.

Type of Presentation

Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)


  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Support Staff or Other Staff (Transition Specialists, Counselors, Librarians, etc.)

Program Strands

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Adult Secondary Education
  • Workforce Preparation

Category Strands

  • Student Support Services