Children of incarcerated parents traveled from all over California to Valley State Prison for an early Father’s Day “Get On The Bus” event. Free transportation for children and their caregivers is made possible through a partnership between the Center for Restorative Justice Works and CDCR. The event featured bond-building activities for parents and children, including group art projects, family photos, face painting, music and sports. Each child was sent home with a special letter from his or her parent.
Roughly 100 inmates from Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI), including 15 inmate facilitators from Peacemakers’ Alliance, joined a dozen community volunteers, seven staff sponsors, three DVI medical staff members, Community Resources Manager Martina Virrey and a correctional officer for an event dubbed Spread the Health: A Holistic Health Retreat.
An inmate clerk surprised Marcia Devers, an associate governmental program analyst at Folsom State Prison, eight years ago with a request for her to sponsor an inmate hobby group. The real surprise? The inmates wanted to learn how to crochet. They wanted to make beanies for infants and donate their work to local hospitals. Eight years later, the program is going strong, averaging 30 inmate participants each year and donating items to needy families and children.
Avenal State Prison staff pay tribute to the those officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Kings County Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony 2019, hosted a remarkable memorial event to pay tribute to our 2018 fallen heroes. All the different agencies and first responders gathered together to show respect to all those who passed and most importantly to the families they left behind. Gone but never forgotten, was the words that resonated among the crowd.
The California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) recently said goodbye to K9 Goose who faithfully served the institution for nearly six years. She will remain with K9 Officer L. Serrano and his family to live out the rest of her days.
From Easter baskets to Christmas toy drive to shopping with underprivileged youth, parole agents around California come together to help families reunite, communities heal and give parolees the necessary tools to succeed. One example is Easter when agents rallied behind the 15th annual Operation Easter Basket.