CCWF CDW Janel Espinoza carries the torch.

By Lt. Michael Dunn, AA/PIO
Central California Women’s Facility

CDCR staff from Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) and Valley State Prison (VSP) laced up their running shoes for charity.

The CCWF and VSP staff participated in the 2017 Madera County Law Enforcement Torch Run, benefiting the Special Olympics of Northern California (SONC).

The run began in Madera and ended in Chowchilla at the Veterans Park. Runners from both institutions took to the road this year to endure the 24.5-mile run throughout Madera County. The team included members of the CCWF/VSP Crisis Response Team, support staff and the CCWF Chief Deputy Warden Janel Espinoza.

Staff from CCWF and VSP cheered on the runners at the halfway mark as they passed the almond orchard located between CCWF and VSP.

This year, runners representing Valley State Prison, Madera Probation Department, Chowchilla Police Department, Madera County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol joined CCWF in the charitable effort.

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From left are Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney, Chowchilla Police Chief David Riviere, Madera County Probation Chris Childress and CCWF CDW Janel Espinoza.