Programs like the Prison Project foster teamwork skills including communication and patience, while also providing a safe space for some positive fun.

By OPEC staff

CDCR’s Office of Public and Employee Communications will broadcast live via Facebook from Avenal State Prison at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 1.

CDCR staff will be allowed to access Facebook from 9-11 a.m. to watch the Q&A with Warden Rosemary Ndoh and program director Sabra Williams of the The Actors’ Gang Prison Project.

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A 2012 study showed a 75 percent reduction in disciplinary actions among inmates active in Arts-in-Corrections programs. Recent studies show that for every dollar spent on inmate education, taxpayers save $4-5 in return-to-prison costs.

A product of Tim Robbins’ The Actors’ Gang theater company, the Prison Project is an Arts-in-Corrections funded rehabilitative program that equips inmates with creative tools to help manage their emotions and interactions with others.

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