For more than three decades, Folsom State Prison and the Cameron Park Rotary Club have helped needy children and the homeless in the community through a bicycle repair program.
San Diego Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program clients recently made a concerted effort to give back to, and have a positive impact on, the community and one way was through the Santee Santa project.
Twenty-five female inmates beam with pride as they entered the auditorium to a thunderous round of applause from prison leaders, staff, family members, and fellow inmates. On this December afternoon, these women are looked at, not as inmates inside the California Institution for Women, but graduates who are bettering themselves for their future.
Inmates at Correctional Training Facility (CTF) donated more than $1,100 to Operation New Hope (ONH), an Inland Empire based youth rehabilitation program. The program originally began as a court-ordered recovery program for teens incarcerated and housed in the California Youth Authority and has since been incorporated into adult institutions.
On a recent frosty December morning, thousands of people ranging from young to seasoned with life’s experience gathered to celebrate, honor and remember our veterans who have been laid to rest at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. CSP-Solano inmate veterans donated funds to help with the effort to purchase wreaths. The wreath laying is a tradition started by a business owner who had visited Arlington National Cemetery as a young boy. The visit made a lasting impact on his life so in 1992 he felt compelled to donate 5,000 surplus wreaths from his business to the cemetery for placement at the graves of our fallen heroes.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones thanked CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs for their efforts to donate toys for families in need over the holidays.
Inmate foods sales conducted on California State Prison-Sacramento’s three level IV Facilities and the Minimum Support Facility, provided a generous donation for Special Olympics Northern California.
One Sacramento based organization under the umbrella of Specialized Treatment for Optimized Programming is the Freedom Through Education (FTE) Campus. FTE promotes #TransformationTuesday every day. While the popular Tuesday hashtag trend is geared toward fitness, fashion and life achievements, FTE recognizes noteworthy life achievements daily.
Dog trainer Shirley Mesa paid a visit to the firehouse at California Correctional Center to give the pooches already in the Pups on Parole program some valuable training, as well as give the inmate handlers a crash course in some basic dog-training techniques. The program is a joint effort by the Lassen Humane Society and the prison.
Recently, staff at Kern Valley State Prison worked with inmates on Facility C to raise $2,912 for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Tulare County.