By Mia Mirassou and Jim Mitcheletti
Palma High School, Salinas
Palma High School students have put together a book of shared writings with the inmates at the Correctional Training Facility. The effort is aimed at reducing recidivism.
In the process, students meet with the Life Cycle group at the prison to share stories, teachings, and testimonials meant to challenge and inspire inmates serving lesser sentences never to be locked up again and to realize their worth to the world.
As one inmate told us, “In the war for young men’s souls, victory occurs when we love them more than they hate themselves.”
Palma students are asked to address this large group of long-term offenders and friends with their own insights culled from their theological studies, their life experiences and their service.
CTF’s Lt. Roland Ramon has been instrumental linking Palma with the Life Cycle group and introducing students to the Warden and his staff.
School officials are hoping to grow this service program. Palma HS program leaders hope to invite other schools to share in the work and have approached media outlets to help spread the word about the need for this service.
Learn more about the school at https://www.palmaschool.org/