Continues long history of CDCR service to the blind

One of the most outstanding services CDCR supplies to the public is its services for the blind. And one of the major producers of help to the blind is the program at the California Medical Facility (CMF)

CMF recently marked more than a half century of helping the blind.

CMF handed awards to inmates at the institution’s 53rdd annual Blind Project Awards Banquet and luncheon.

“The Blind Project is a truly outstanding benefit to anyone who has come in contact with,” said CMF Warden Brian Duffy.

Video by CDCR staff videographer Jeff Baur

You may not be able to view the video above on a CDCR computer. Here link to a Windows Media version:


The Blind Project teaches real world skills that are sought after when inmates parole and is a nationally recognized Braille repair program. The program is a partnership between the Volunteers of Vacaville and CMF.

The program has been providing cost-free services to the California Braille and Talking Book Library for 13 years, supplying thousands of dollars worth of services each year.

Inmates repair Braille writer machines and record dozens of books each year. CMF’s program has gained a reputation for producing professional quality recordings of scholastic textbooks used by visually impaired students.

The program creates thousands of Braille pages a year and has a nationwide reputation for excellence.

Inmate workers learn skills which will translate to the public workforce, such as computer skills, office management and inventory maintenance.

The staff is comprised of 20 inmate workers under the leadership of the Program Director.

The inmate workers receive valuable job skills and the opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause while serving their periods of incarceration. Each inmate worker takes personal pride in producing the highest quality product possible while maintaining the tradition that has been established over the past fifty years.

The program’s website is 

Here is a related story:

ISP Braille program marks 5 years of helping inmates, the blind

Here is a photo gallery of the CMF Blind Project and awards banquet by CDCR staff photographer Eric Owens.

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