Inmates shed past, look to future at Central California Women’s Facility

The CCWF graduating class of 2014 comprises 38 inmates who received Associate of Arts degrees.

The CCWF graduating class of 2014 comprises 38 inmates who received Associate of Arts degrees.

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

With Associate of Arts degrees in hand, 38 inmates at the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) shucked off their pasts and took steps to a much brighter future.

Families clutched inmate-designed ceremony programs while educational administrators and graduates offered inspirational speeches during a recent ceremony.

Warden Deborah K. Johnson recognized the hard work of the inmates.

Warden Deborah K. Johnson addresses the graduates during a ceremony at the Central California Women’s Facility.

Warden Deborah K. Johnson addresses the graduates during a ceremony at the Central California Women’s Facility.

“Your past does not represent your future,” she said. “Each of you has opportunities to improve yourself, your families, community and especially your children.”

Faculty from Feather River College, based out of the University of California, Merced, awarded the AA Degrees in front of the graduates’ friends, family, teachers and CCWF administrators during the Sept. 5 ceremony.

Warden Johnson congratulated the class of 2014 for stepping up against the odds of being incarcerated and taking the positive step toward being role models at CCWF. She also lauded dedication to challenge their minds to become future educated members of society upon release.

Since 2009, CCWF has graduated approximately 150 inmates with AA degrees from Feather River College or Coastline College.

According to officials, many of the graduates are the first in their families to receive a college degree.

For many graduates, this AA degree represents the first step in their life-changing endeavors as many said they want to continue to further their education.

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3 Responses

  1. Ernest Johnson Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / 12:16 pm

    These are the types of stories society needs to read and be made aware of so they can see the job we do can change people. Good job, ladies!

  2. M. D. Williams Tuesday, October 7, 2014 / 5:04 pm

    This group of women look proud and are giving new meaning to ‘taking advantage’ of all that is offered at CCWF. Our Warden Johnson making the key address and our administrators supporting these women has to be so encouraging to them. Thank you AA/PIO Davi for sharing such an amazing story.
    Sgt. M.D. Williams

  3. Sally Morrison Tuesday, October 7, 2014 / 4:34 pm

    I grew up with every advantage one could hope for but I have never received a degree. It’s for this reason I feel such admiration for these women. I want to hug every one of them and say, “you go girl!” Anything is possible.

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