By Lt. Brian Davi, A.A., Public Information Officer,
Central California Women’s Facility
Nine inmates at the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) graduated from The Lioness Tale Prison Project (LiT-uPP) on Aug. 27.
This was the second advanced class to graduate with participants completing over 96 hours of preparation. The session was led by core LiT-uPP facilitators, who were previous graduates of the program, and Diane Pendola, creator of the LiT-uPP program.
“I am so proud of these women who have found meaning in their lives through this self-help group,” said Warden Deborah K. Johnson. “It is small steps like these that will help each of them re-integrate, one day, back into society as positive contributors to their community.”
At the conclusion of the graduation, each Lioness, now known as Panthers, took a candle from the podium, which had signified their “intentions” to promote a better life inside of CCWF thereby creating a more peaceful environment within the prison setting from the inside out.