By Lt. Robert Kelsey, AA/PIO
Sierra Conservation Center
Roughly 60 inmates made major strides on their journey to sobriety when they graduated from the Substance Use Disorder Treatment program at Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown.
Chief Deputy Warden Hunter Anglea was on hand to address the participants and offer congratulations and encouragement during the semi-annual graduation celebration.
Program Director D. Sagmiller and Correctional Counselor III D. Clark also addressed the graduates. Associate Warden of Programs, Landon Bird, was also in attendance as well as WestCare staff.
Each graduating class was represented by a member of that group who spoke on subjects such as what they had gotten from their experience in the program; how they were treated while enrolled in the program; and the tools they had collected that will enable them, upon release, to rebuild their lives and become productive members of their communities.
The master of ceremonies of the event was a life-term inmate who had previously been through the program and now holds the position of a non-certified peer mentor.
The afternoon featured music performed by graduates of the program as well as a skit highlighting the social skills they learned.
Following the ceremony, the participants were treated to group pictures, root beer floats, and a time to socialize. WestCare staff felt grateful and privileged to be able to share this experience with the men.