Chuckawalla Valley (CVSP) and Ironwood State Prisons (ISP) conducted a ceremony on CVSP’s Warden’s lawn as part of National Victims Rights Week.
“We join together in paying our respect to those who have been directly and indirectly affected by crime in their lives,” said CVSP Warden J. Tim Ochoa. “As correctional professionals, in the pursuit of restorative justice, we carry this responsibility even further by honoring their memory today.”
David Long, Warden (A) ISP, said, “This is a great opportunity for both institutions to come together to honor victims of crime. I’m very happy to see such a great turnout and support for today’s event.”
The turnout was an estimated 250 people, including Blythe Police Chief Steve Smith, Blythe City Manager David Lane, Blythe Mayor Oscar Galvan, Riverside County Sheriff’s Capt. Andrew Shouse, and Debbie Anderson, Victim Services Supervisor for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
Lisa Adame, CVSP’s Victim Services President, shared the story of her mother’s life of domestic abuse. Sam Burton, ISP’s Community Partnership Manager, gave a pastor’s prospective of victims’ interaction. Angela Aguilar of Blythe shared the story of her sister’s murder 28 years ago and the effects it continues to have on her.
Mayor Galvan signed a crime victims’ rights week proclamation that reaffirmed Blythe’s commitment to respect and enforce victims’ rights and address their needs throughout the year. He expressed his appreciation to victims and crime survivors who have turned personal tragedy into a motivating force to improve response to victims of crime and build a more just community.