By Lt. Barry Tisdale, AA/PIO
California Health Care Facility

California Health Care Facility (CHCF) hosted their second Father’s Day Dinner on Sunday, June 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. It was a success for the inmates, visitors and staff. The dinner was not during regular visiting hours so it provided a semi private environment for the inmates and family members. The event encourages the father and son relations. However mothers and daughters were also welcome. In all, 74 inmates and 59 approved visitors attended the dinner, prepared by CHCF’s culinary staff.

Warden Michael Martel is committed towards rewarding inmates who are focused and committed on positive programming. Inmates with good behavior and active participation towards rehabilitative programs such as Education, Vocation, Religious Activities, as well as a variety of Inmate Leisure Time Activity Groups (ILTAGs) and self-help programs will have opportunities to attend special events about four times a year. In January, Warden Martel brought a professional comedian (Jorge Marriquin) to perform for 110 inmates. A dinner was provided for that event as well.

With plans for upcoming events, the buzz is huge throughout the inmate population. CHCF Rules Violations Reports are lower than before. With incentives from Proposition 57 and planned events that are not typical in prison, CHCF is transitioning as a positive rehabilitative experience for all concerned.

The Father’s Day dinner menu consisted of:

  • Choice of Steak, Salmon, or Chicken quarters
  • Rice
  • Green beans
  • Baked potato
  • Salad
  • Strawberry shortcake
  • Beverages