There are approximately 19,500 offenders under supervision by Nevada's Parole and Probation Division, about 2,000 of them live in Reno. The new Reno Day Reporting Center hopes to give the non-violent parolees a chance at rehabilitation rather than incarceration. 

Eric Estepa, DPS Sergeant explains, "We'll be providing counseling, family parenting skills, GED services, job skills, training to our offenders who are high-risk." Those at high risk for repeat offenses include those failing drug tests, not attending mandated counseling for substance abuse, or not taking GED courses as instructed by their parole officers. 

The Reporting Day Center will now act as their intermediate sanction if they violate their parole terms. Estepa says, "Instead of throwing those offenders back in custody, pending revocation proceedings with the parole board or courts, we can go ahead and refer those offenders here."

The program is free to offenders, who will be working with case managers for anything from job preparation to resume building to GED prep. Depending on a case-by-case basis, Estepa says this program could last them anywhere from just a few weeks to just under a year.

The center will manage up to 50 cases at once, helping non-violent offenders get back on their feet. Estepa explains eligible participants will not include individuals who are sex-offenders, active gang members or anyone else who may pose a threat. 

Rather than the traditional parole system of checking in with an officer, running drug tests and paying a fee, offenders will get more face time with their case managers. Having this personal contact with more in-depth visits, (with services like anger management and life skills) officials hope this will help drastically reduce repeat offenses. Estepa says, "It's in the hopes they have those tools and skills necessary to become productive members in our community."

The Nevada State Legislature authorized funding for the center, including the flagship center in Las Vegas, during the 2017 legislative session. Officials say they also hope this program will help to reduce the issue of overcrowding in the state's prison system.