By Lt. Kevin Huffman, AA/PIO
California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison

For the second consecutive year the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison (SATF) staff welcomed the Get on the Bus program (GOTB).

Sean Lobosco was provided with his first opportunity to reunite with his father after seven years. Being incarcerated, Lobosco took advantage of this opportunity at no expense to his family.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the Get on the Bus program. It felt really great to get to visit with my parents and children. The last time I had seen my father was 7 years ago. The Get on the Bus program was a great advantage for my family because otherwise they would not have been allowed to make the travel due to money. I can’t wait to participate again and have the opportunity to spend time with my family again” said Sean Lobosco.

From playing UNO, Candy Land, face painting, creating art work and conversing over a provided lunch, each individual gathering shared a unique experience one will never forget.

Facility E Captain M. Jones checked in to familiarize himself with the family members who participated on his Facility.

“Programs like Get on the Bus are perfect examples of our department’s push to promote rehabilitation by supporting inmate/family interaction. It was a great representation of rehabilitation efforts of everyone involved,” he said.

GOTB is a partnership of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW), a Los Angeles based nonprofit serving those affected by the criminal justice system. GOTB began 18 years ago at Central California Women’s Facility, after Sister Suzanne Jabro of St. Joseph of Carondelet visited the prison to speak with women about what they needed, and they overwhelmingly voiced their desire to spend more time with their children.

Thanks to an innovative grant, Executive Director Lupe Rivera and Program Director Walter Hammond continue to bring GOTB program to CSATF/SP.