By Lt. Roland Ramon, AA/Public Information Officer
Correctional Training Facility, Soledad
In its continuing effort to promote rehabilitation through supporting evidence-based programming, Correctional Training Facility, Soledad, Warden M. Eliot Spearman permitted Getting Out by Going In (GOGI) to videotape the program, which has been successful as an Inmate Leisure Time Activity Group (ILTAG) at CTF since 2011.
The program is an Innovative Grant recipient.
“CTF collaborated with GOGI to such an extent that, as an organization, we refer to our CTF programming as the template with which we are modeling our proposals for Federal, State, private, and county settings of detention and incarceration,” said GOGI’s Executive Director Dr. Mara Leigh Taylor. “As a result of Warden Spearman’s vision for GOGI at the institution he oversees, our organization is able to replicate this very successful model for low-cost, high-impact, volunteer-driven, inmate-facilitated programming for all populations.“
In a coordinated effort, the staff of CTF and the film crew worked closely to identify the best way to videotape hundreds of programming participants. Holding the prisoners to a high standard of behavior and security, the two-day filming project resulted in footage to be edited into several hours of self-help educational media.
The videotaped training modules will be made available to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation institutions, expanding their GOGI programming to include In-Cell Study, In-Wing Study Sessions, ILTAG group study, and positive leadership training.
The videos are made available at no cost to institutions currently implementing GOGI programming or to those implementing GOGI in the future.
The videos have proven successful as a recruiting method for In-Cell study for prisoners being offered GOGI Programming through the Innovative Grant awarded to Pelican Bay State Prison under the direction of Warden Clark Ducart who permits the airing of GOGI programming through the institutional channel.