By Lt. Jose Martinez, AA/PIO
North Kern State Prison

A celebration was recently held at North Kern State Prison (NKSP) to commemorate the institution’s 25 years of service, recognize those who began with NKSP and to honor all the current employees who make NKSP a success.

Warden Kelly Santoro welcomed all attendees and NKSP’s own CFM Sam Smith sang the National Anthem. NKSP’s Honor Guard presented the Colors and presented Kelly with the flag flown at NKSP the previous day. Of the original employees, 32 still remain. Each was presented with a plaque for their dedicated service to NKSP. The April 19 event was open to all staff, their families, the community and other institutions.

Festivities included 24-food and informational vendors from local businesses.

CCPOA, CVCC, and CPOF also provided a booth.  Events included a car show including 32 cars, trucks and motorcycles including one of the cars from from the “Back to the Future” movies, a CRT demonstration, bus tours around the institution and a tournament put on by the Medical Department.

NKSP-RC was completed in April 1992 and received its first inmates in April 1993. NKSP is also the site where the Central Transportation Hub is located.