Dogs are helping offenders better themselves through rehabilitation – for the canine as well as the inmate The first graduation for North Kern State Prison’s (NKSP) Pawsitive Change Program was held Nov. 10. The 18 program participants received a certificate for Canine Behavior and Training.
When a 15-year-old California girl named Emma was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease in 2015, it’s unlikely she suspected she would get help from those incarcerated in High Desert State Prison. Over the summer, 430 inmates took part in Emma’s Walk/Run at the prison. The July 21 event was dedicated to the girl battling chronic myeloid leukemia.
Since 1960, Volunteers of Vacaville has set out to make a difference in community. One such effort is The Blind Project at California Medical Facility. Aside from transcribing books to Braille, the inmates also repair Braille writers and refurbish eyeglasses.
On Nov, 7, Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) held a graduation ceremony for 13 inmates and six dogs after they completed the 12-week Pawsitive Change Inmate Dog Program.
In early October 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, and Solano counties after wildfires destroyed thousands of homes, causing thousands of residents to flee their homes in the middle of the night. The staff at CMF responded by gathering supplies and raising money for the fire victims.