Community Transition Center

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Want to have a chance to . . . 

... get back to San Diego at no cost to you?
... shower, change and eat when you first get back?
... have a place to rest your head if you don’t have
    one lined up?
... get your first probation appointment out of the way?
... make a positive change in your life?
... transition with resources and a plan for 

The Community Transition Center (CTC) along with The Lighthouse residential treatment community is located in Loma Portal San Diego and provides a smooth re-entry for male and female inmates released from state prison to post release community supervision (PRCS).  

The CTC was developed through the San Diego County Community Corrections Partnership (CCP), a collaboration of the Probation Department,  District Attorney (DA), Public Defender, and Health and Human Services (HHSA) agencies, under the leadership of former Probation Chief Mack Jenkins.

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  • If you decide to stay at the CTC you’ll participate in programming at The Lighthouse such as:
    • Cognitive Behavioral Interventions
    • Relapse / Criminality prevention
    • Anger management
    • Counseling
    • Life skills classes
    • Vocational pre-employment development resources
    • Parenting skills
    • Medical Insurance assistance
  • What will happen at the CTC?
    • You’ll meet with a PO and complete your 2-day/48-hour reporting requirement. They’ll go over your plans with you, explain your release conditions.
    • Answer questions,  and get you in touch with your supervision PO.
    • You’ll meet with the Behavioral Health team who will do assessments of your drug, alcohol, physical and mental health needs.
    • You'll also have the opportunity to meet with a nurse and a social worker who can help you sign up for Medi-Cal.
    • CTC staff will meet with you to get your input on goals, priorities and needs and create a case plan.  We’ll make referrals right then and there.
    • The process takes about 3-4 hours and you will be driven home from the CTC unless you are staying.
    • We provide short term structured housing / hygiene / meals / and brand-new clothing while awaiting alternative housing / treatment placement.


  • What kinds of referrals do you provide at the CTC?
    • Substance abuse treatment
    • Job readiness and vocational training
    • Education and literacy
    • Medical and dental
    • Felony friendly employers
    • Counseling and therapy
    • Housing
  • How will I get there?

    A driver will pick you up at the gate and provide same-day transportation to the CTC.  If this includes flying  you will be driven to the airport and a plane ticket will be provided to San Diego where a CTC driver will pick you up.  There is no cost to you. 

  • Do I have to go to the CTC?

    Yes. It is a condition of release for San Diego County.  

  • Why should I get in the car?

    You’ll get to San Diego faster and by the time you’ve left you’ll be done with your initial reporting, as well as you will have a plan for success. You will also be in compliance with your supervision. 

  • What if I don’t go to the CTC?

    You will be in violation and may be flash incarcerated for up to ten days. 

  • What if I’m released without release conditions or nobody is there to pick me up?

    Call 619-235-0110 or 619-235-0130. The address of the CTC is 3880 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92110 

  • What’s the CTC exit process?
    • CTC staff will drive you home ,if you have an approved place to stay.
    • CTC staff will drive you to a residential treatment program if you need it.
    • You’ll have the option of staying at the transitional housing at the CTC while waiting for a treatment program or housing.


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