More than 250 family members and loved ones experienced an up-close look inside the prison walls at second annual celebration of Family Night for the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison (CSATF/SP), Corcoran.

The event began with CSATF/SP’s Honor Guard presenting the colors, followed by acting Warden Stu Sherman welcoming the guests.

The event included a host of activities ranging from examinations of contraband items, demonstrations by CDCR’s K-9 unit (who specialize in finding stashed tobacco and cell phones in addition to heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana) and the Crisis Response Team (CRT).

The event was highlighted by a facility tour inside the prison walls of one of CDCR’s maximum security facility.

The tour was lead onto the facility recreation yard where a Code II- Emergency Response Simulation was staged; which included role-playing and simulated inert Pepper Spray and grenades.

The event included a bounce house for children, face painting, turkey toss, employee vendor booths, and a opportunity drawing. The event also included a demonstration from the CSATF/SP Fire Department.

“These guys have all day to think about breaking things down and making weapons,” one officer explained to the crowd as they examined the deadly weapons made from a metal piece carved out from a cell door.

“Family Night gives our employee’s loved ones a rare glimpse into the life of a Corrections employee,” said Public Information Officer, Lieutenant Lupe Cartagena, who has spent over 24 years working for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation system. “Family and friends gain a better understanding of the work their loved ones perform daily.”