By Lt. Brian Davi, A.A., Public Information Officer, Central California Women’s Facility

The Inmate Ward Labor (IWL) has made significant progress with the construction project at the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF). CDCR Secretary Beard recently visited the construction site.

CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard, center, recently visited the Central California Women’s Facility with Associate Director Jay Virbel, left. He was given a tour by Warden Deborah K. Johnson, right.

CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard, center, recently visited the Central California Women’s Facility with Associate Director Jay Virbel, left. He was given a tour by Warden Deborah K. Johnson, right.

Secretary Beard was accompanied by Jay Virbel, Associate Director of Female Institutions. They met with Warden Deborah K. Johnson and Construction Supervisor II Marty Haight.

Secretary Beard toured the EOP job-site and said he was impressed at the progress of the project, and the work ethic the female offenders displayed.

What started as just 7,270 square feet of dirt is transforming into the soon to be Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) Treatment Building.

Secretary Beard and Warden Johnson get an update on the project from Construction Supervisor II Marty Haight.

Secretary Beard and Warden Johnson get an update on the project from Construction Supervisor II Marty Haight.

The EOP Building project will provide four mental health treatment rooms, three recreational therapy rooms and office space.

The 23 selected participants enrolled in the pre-apprenticeship program. The inmates have been a part of the IWL workforce from the start of the project and have attained the knowledge and skills required for employment opportunities in the building trade industry upon parole.