COSA San Diego

Circles of Support & Accountability

COSA San Diego does vital work everyday to ensure that everyone in San Diego lives in a safe community with no more victims.  We do this together with community members like you who are committed to well-being, restoration and transformation. We have openings now for COSA volunteers. Become a circle member or financial supporter and experience the ongoing rewards of giving and receiving.

Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) San Diego serves those previously incarcerated for sexual offenses who have been released to Coalinga State Hospital for a mandatory multi-year process of therapy and programming. Those entering Coalinga State Hospital often do not know if they will ever be released or if they will be held indefinitely – an outcome many have experienced. For those who do make it through the process, Liberty Healthcare facilitates their re-entry into the community.

Though this process was created to protect the community, research shows that this may not actually be the case. In fact, there is only a 6-8% chance that ex-offenders will re-offend once released from prison and the cost to the community for each person who goes through this process is upwards of $600,000 per year. Further, individuals are not given enough supports upon release and re-entry to ensure their success in securing jobs, transportation, housing, social support, and becoming valued members of the community. In order to improve these outcomes and change the process, COSA San Diego has partnered with Liberty Healthcare to create a program that begins the COSA circles process for those who will soon be released. 

There is a strong base of support for this program within the network of organizations and individuals who work in the field of restorative justice, including the Catholic Diocese. COSA San Diego continues to work hard to ensure that the local community sees and understands the difference that programs like our make to improve individual lives as well as their community as a whole.

COSA Phases I and II

Examples of Community-Based Prosocial  Support


The CoSA Program provides community-based prosocial support designed for each of the program phases:


Stabilization Phase:
  • Setting and completing goals
  • Celebrating accomplishments
  • Developing trusting relationships
  • Learning socialization skills
  • Problem-solving; finding solutions
  • Learning daily coping skills
  • Processing difficult situations
  • Role-playing
  • Pursuing hobbies
  • Reuniting with family
Reentry Phase:
  • Budgeting and financial planning
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Obtaining job skills, classes
  • Becoming employed
  • Completing outpatient treatment
  • Developing supportive relationships in the community
  • Becoming a peer mentor
  • Enjoying community outings
  • Volunteering in the community 
  • Locating housing
COSA San Diego's Process

COSA San Diego Changes Lives​


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