High Desert SP Warden M. Eliot Spearman, Sr., (center) showed his support for the rehabilitative poetry program.

High Desert SP Warden M. Eliot Spearman, Sr., center, showed his support for the rehabilitative poetry program.

By Lt. Gregory Crowe, AA/Public Information Officer
High Desert State Prison

Offenders on Facility D at High Desert State Prison (HDSP) recently participated in the first Poetry Slam, part of the Change for Success 2016 Initiative to provide offenders with positive avenues to freely and creatively express themselves.

The Poetry Slam was a step forward in creating unity among offenders of different ethnic groups on Facility D.

The program exposes them to each other’s world by sharing their experiences, trials, tribulations, failures, triumphs, techniques of coping with incarceration, loss of loved ones, and personal aspects of their lives.

The program was a great success and enjoyed by the participants and HDSP employees.

“Initiatives such as Change for Success 2016 is paramount to the positive programming being achieved at HDSP,” said Warden M. Eliot Spearman, Sr. “This was only made possible by the staff and offenders working together, and we are looking forward to their next endeavor.”

Warden Spearman also noted this event illustrates the dedication of hardworking HDSP staff to facilitate self-rehabilitative programs for the offenders

“Yes, we do our part to enable offenders to develop skill-sets, which enhances public safety,” Warden Spearman said.