Inmate talent show part of planned positive events at CIW

Shaneeka James, left, CeeLo Green, CIW Warden Kimberly Hughes and Skipp Townsend.

Shaneeka James, left, CeeLo Green, CIW Warden Kimberly Hughes and Clifford ‘Skipp’ Townsend.

Special guest CeeLo Green impressed by women’s creativity

By Lt. Rosie Thomas, AA/Public Information Officer
California Institution for Women

Inmates at the California Institution for Women (CIW) let their creative sides shine during a recent talent show.

The Recreational Activity Groups (RAG) hosted the show as part of members’ efforts to plan positive activities open to the inmate population. Past events include theatrical presentations, sports tournaments and games nights. The executive body takes pride in the group and its effort to show teamwork and leadership skills.

The talent show featured a celebrity judge, musician CeeLo Green. His visit was facilitated by Clifford “Skipp” Townsend of 2nd Call, who volunteers his time conducting anger management classes at CIW.

The 30 participants showcased a variety of talents, from dancing to singing, keeping the crowd entertained throughout the performance. At the end of the show, Green said he felt that everyone did such an amazing job, he couldn’t possibly select one winner.

CIW Warden Kimberly Hughes, CeeLo Green, Skipp Townsend and the RAGS talent show participants.

CIW Warden Kimberly Hughes, CeeLo Green, Skipp Townsend and the RAGS talent show participants.

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