Actor Danny Trejo spoke to inmates taking part in Calipatria's substance abuse treatment program.

Actor Danny Trejo spoke to inmates taking part in Calipatria’s substance abuse treatment program.

Inmates hear of actors’ struggles with addiction

By Jeffrey Devenberg, Correctional Counselor III
Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Calipatria State Prison

Calipatria State Prison’s Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) recently held a culturally diverse holiday celebration. The inmates performed skits, presentations and shared philosophy. The participants also heard from two actors.

Actors Danny Trejo (Machete, Anaconda, Sons Of Anarchy, Spy Kids) and Max Martinez (Sons of Anarchy) spoke. They shared their stories of overcoming drug addiction and turning their lives around. They talked about how service to others makes you a better person. It was a moving and touching event, according to those who attended. The actors encouraged all to strive to be better individuals and to do more community service. Food and fellowship was shared.

Community Education Centers (CEC), Calipatria’s contractor for SATP services, coordinated the program. The inmates were grateful to Mr. Trejo and Mr. Martinez for sharing their lives.

Days after the event, the inmates were still thanking staff for hosting the event.

Incentive days such as this one and the transition fairs held quarterly offer encouragement for all to move in a more positive direction.

Associate Warden Marcus Pollard spoke to the inmates and encouraged them to work toward rehabilitation and to become productive members of society.

He encouraged them to make the move while they are still incarcerated by participating in the therapeutic community, improving their behavior and with their actions toward family and others around them.

This was a successful event that would not have happened if not for the support of the Community, CEC Staff, CDCR Staff and the Division of Rehabilitative Programs.