By Lt. Megan Cherinka, AA/PIO
California Medical Facility

California Medical Facility (CMF) held its 20th Annual Family Night on last month.  Over 550 family members, loved ones and friends experienced an up-close look within one of the most unique facilities in the state.

From left, Use Of Force Coordinator J. Hume, Mini Hume, and Correctional Counselor II L. Carlock manning the raffle.

The event began with everyone entering the facility through the Receiving and Release (R&R) sally port and guiding themselves with the help of staff throughout the first floor of CMF. The corridor was lined with members from the CMF team to include management, clinicians, medical doctors, chaplains, volunteers, recreation therapists, nutrition, education and more, excited to show and tell their unique place of work.

The first stop and most popular was the shadow boxes and enlarged gang tattoos on the walls from the Investigative Services Unit (ISU). Visitors were able to see firsthand the contraband to include drug paraphernalia, weapons and more confiscated from the inmate population.

Younger guests were greeted by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association’s Tough Teddy, Sparky the Fire Dog (our own Fire Chief J. Dewitt) and goodie bags with donations from CPOF and Solano County’s own Jelly Belly.

Activities for the night included a tour of a transportation bus from the Northern TSU Hub with the help of Correctional Officer M. Mathis, employee vendor booths, barbecue dinner within the dining hall, basket raffle to end the evening.

This year, we introduced the first annual “Dunk the Executive,” starring Warden Robert W. Fox. The CMF California Correctional Supervisors Organization chapter was more than happy to sponsor a dunk tank.

Members from the Canine Compassion Dog program Myrtle and Whim also stopped by to visit with guests and offer a sweet face and warm nose to everyone in attendance.

CMF also used the evening as an opportunity to raise funds for those in need with all proceeds from the event going towards the Northern California fire victims of Sonoma, Napa and Yuba Counties.  CMF was able to raise $5,835 for a fire victims.