Kids hear anti-drug stories from inmates at Sierra Conservation Center

Baseline Conservation Camp No. 30 inmates act out a peer pressure skit for students at Sonora Elementary School.

Baseline Conservation Camp No. 30 inmates act out a peer pressure skit for students at Sonora Elementary School.

By Lt. L.A. von Savoye, AA/Public Information Officer
Sierra Conservation Center

To help discourage substance abuse by children, five inmates from Baseline Conservation Camp No. 30 shared their personal stories of the consequences of making poor decisions.

Held during Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 29, the Sierra Conservation Center’s Community Betterment Program inmates spoke to the students, who are in sixth through seventh grades.

The inmates discussed their life choices and the impact drug use has had on their lives.

The inmate crew produced a skit designed to stimulate awareness of how peer pressure can lead to bad decision making and how one bad decision can change the course of a life.

After the skit, each of inmates shared their personal experience, and at the end the students were able to ask questions.

Even though all five inmates come from different ethnic and regional backgrounds, their stories end the same. They were sentenced by the courts and committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

They each shared the negative impact as the result of their life choices.

The one common denominator between all five of the inmates was they began using marijuana between the ages of 11 to 13. The inmates also spoke out on the negative impacts of tobacco and alcohol use, stating all these later led them to harder drugs and eventually to a life of crime.

An inmate presents his life choices and consequences.

An inmate presents his life choices and consequences.

Learn more about Sierra Conservation Center

Inmates learn job skills with auto-body repair course, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2014/02/scc-auto-body-repair-course-primes-inmates-for-successful-lives-video/

SCC donates hand-crafted wooden toys (2013), http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2013/12/scc-donations-include-hand-crafted-wooden-toys/

Read about the history of fire camps, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2013/11/history-of-cdcr-outdoor-camps-stretches-nearly-a-century/

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