California City Correctional Facility Administration (back row, from left) are Capt. Joseph Ryan, Chief Deputy Warden Richard Anti, Warden David Long, Correctional Counselor Patricia Taylor, Correctional Counselor Christine Dale, Vice Principal Mrs. R. Nessi and Principal Dan Macedo. In the front row are graduating inmates.

California City Correctional Facility Administration (back row, from left) are Capt. Joseph Ryan, Chief Deputy Warden Richard Anti, Warden David Long, Correctional Counselor Patricia Taylor, Correctional Counselor Christine Dale, Vice Principal Roxanna Nessi and Principal Dan Macedo. In the front row are graduating inmates.

By Lt. Ignacio Rivera, A.A., Public Information Officer
and Stephanie Lacie, Correctional Counselor
California City Correctional Facility

California City Correctional Facility (CAC), with the collaboration of Phoenix House, held its first graduation ceremony for the inaugural set of inmates to complete the Phoenix House Substance Abuse Treatment Program.

From left are Phoenix House Instructor Claude White Smith, inmate program participants and Phoenix House/SAP Instructor Richard Duarte, followed by another inmate participant.

From left are Phoenix House Instructor Claude White Smith, inmate program participants and Phoenix House/SAP Instructor Richard Duarte, followed by another inmate participant.

Phoenix House is a 150-day CBI-Substance Abuse Treatment program in which the clients are taught various skills to promote their success in the community upon their release from custody.

The ceremony was held in September.

In addition to substance abuse treatment, the clients are provided both anger management and parenting. It is CAC and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation hope the graduates take these skills and apply them in everyday life. The graduation ceremony contained skits, singing and dancing, and poetry readings.

Warden David Long addresses class participants.

Warden David Long addresses class participants.

Correctional Counselor Stephanie Lacy and Warden David Long addressed the graduates with words of encouragement. CAC executive staff, as well as the respective Correctional Counselors attended the ceremony for each of the housing units.

Eighty-eight of the original ninety-six participants were able to complete the curriculum-based program, and received certificates of completion of Anger Management, Parenting and Substance Abuse Treatment.

From left are Phoenix House Instructor Beverly Manns, inmate participants, Phoenix House Instructor Jason Hruby and another inmate.

From left are Phoenix House Instructor Beverly Manns, inmate participants, Phoenix House Instructor Jason Hruby and another inmate.