MCSP inmates raise funds to repair Amador County church

By Lt. James Hernandez, AA/PIO
Mule Creek State Prison 

MCSP Inmate donations

Pastor Arroyo accepting the donation from inmate Mark Daigre.

The inmates at Mule Creek State Prison collected $600 to help pay for repairs to the Amador Christian Center of Plymouth. The damages to the church occurred in mid-April after two inmates had walked away from a minimum security portion of the prison.

The inmates were apprehended April 19th near the church.  Officials believe they were responsible for the damages to the church and to a vehicle on the property. Inmates from the Victims Awareness Program, a self-help program at MCSP, came up with the idea to collect funds to help cover the cost of repairs to the church.

Pastor Danny Arroyo from the Amador Christian Center was presented with a check from the inmates in the presence of Warden Joe A. Lizarraga and his administrative staff.

“The contribution is a gesture of being a good neighbor,” said inmate Mark Daigre, “similar to when your dog tears up your neighbor’s garden, you try to make things right.” Pastor Arroyo was moved by the inmates’ contribution. “Words can’t express how grateful I am for Mule Creek’s kindness and compassion.  On behalf of the Amador Christian Center congregation, thank you.”


3 Responses

  1. Joe A. Lizarraga Friday, June 27, 2014 / 1:18 am

    I am very proud of the population. Even inmates who had no money on the books donated, with the intent of contibuting when they get a paying assignment or money sent from loved ones. Great Job! And, a great act of kindness.

  2. Sgt. M. D. Williams Wednesday, June 25, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    Truly amazing article. How excellent is it when others not connected to the problem, find such a special way to come up with the solution. Good job to Mule Creek Self Help Program, what a great gesture, and just a genuinely warm idea.
    Sgt. M. D. Williams CCWF

  3. Jeni Vicini Wednesday, June 25, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    I think it’s wonderful that the church that was affected by the escape was paid back for damages done by the inmates. Makes me proud to work at MCSP. The support groups are doing great work.

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