California Men’s Colony (CMC) celebrated graduations of inmates who recently completed the new Our House Substance Abuse Program (SAP). Two separate ceremonies were conducted for the 45 inmate graduates.

“CMC has successfully maintained an excellent SAP program for several years,” said Warden Terri Gonzalez. “Our hope as we transition into this new shorter program that we will be able to reach a greater number of inmates and provide them with the tools they need to turn their lives around”

As a result of the program’s success, 75 percent of the recent Substance Abuse Program graduates will be attending aftercare. The success of this program is also evident in its recidivism rate. In fiscal year 2005-2006, the inmates paroled from the program at CMC, followed by a community-based substance abuse treatment program, were among the lowest to recidivate.

“The Substance Abuse Program at CMC has historically been successful in achieving high numbers of aftercare participation. A day doesn’t go by without conversations about aftercare with our residents,” said Correctional Counselor III and SAP Coordinator Marcy Almaguer.

The success of this program is also attributed to the support from CMC Warden Gonzalez and her executive staff. Their support continued to be evident at these graduation ceremonies. For more information on CMC please visit their homepage at: