Long-term offenders become addiction specialists at CTF-Soledad

Seven long-term offenders received certificates addiction specialists at the Correctional Training Facility, Soledad. In the back row, from left, are Jessie Bonderman (Cornerstone Project), Warden M. E. Spearman and Eugene Dey.

Seven long-term offenders received certificates as addiction specialists at the Correctional Training Facility, Soledad. In the back row, from left, are Jessie Bonderman (Cornerstone Project), Warden M.E. Spearman and Eugene Dey.

Rehabilitation, job skills at heart of Correctional Training Facility program

By Eugene Dey and Warden M.E. Spearman
Photos by Lt. Roland Ramon, AA/Public Information Officer
Correctional Training Facility, Soledad

Seven long-term offenders in the Correctional Training Facility (CTF), Facility C, received their Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) certifications approved by the California Department of Health Care Services.

The endeavor is part of the Career Responsible Opportunity Program (CROP).

The California State Senate presented special recognition to the seven long-term offenders to recognize their accomplishments.

The California State Senate presented special recognition to the seven long-term offenders to recognize their accomplishments.

This rare achievement also received a Senate Certificate of Recognition from Darrell Steinberg, then Senate Pro Tem.

CROP provided a “closely supervised” practicum to supplement the Alcohol & Drug Services educations received through Palo Verde College.

In 2015, CROP will continue training long-term offenders in CTF Facility C, and is in discussions with the Division of Rehabilitative Programs on where these specially-trained offenders fit within the Department’s growing rehabilitative framework.

The certifications also qualify as a professional certification for employment purposes upon release.

“This is what rehabilitation is all about, giving offenders a skill-set to be successful while in prison, and upon their release as they become our neighbors in the communities of California,” said Warden M.E. Spearman.


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