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.
Unlocking History: Forefather of offender rehabilitation was first warden prior to statehood, part 1
This installment of Unlocking History more closely examines the seeds of rehabilitation planted even before California became a state. This is the first of a multi-part series on the maritime history of the state prison system.
Birds chirping. Butterflies flittering. Ivy inching up the sides of a trellis and the sound of water falling from a beautiful fountain. Three long, low peals of a bell marked the opening of a peaceful sanctuary in an unexpected location – inside the secure perimeter of a California state prison. The garden at California Medical Facility was created for the patients, volunteers, family members and staff of the nation’s first licensed prison hospice. The garden’s June 1 dedication was the result of more than 20 years of visionary work by dozens of CDCR medical and custody staff, administrators, volunteers, incarcerated people and activists to provide quality care to incarcerated patients in their final days.
Acting Warden James Robertson of Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) presented a check for nearly $15,000 for a Safe and Sober Grad Night to students and parents of Del Norte High School. The money was raised by inmates through a food sale.
On June 6, the Los Angeles Mid-City District hosted their first College and Vocational Fair at The Proud Bird Event Center, which offered enrollment information from 36 colleges and vocational programs. Approximately 150 parolees and 50 individuals from the public attended the event. “It was rewarding to see our parolees walk away with so many resources,” said Patricia Tillman, Parole Agent III Supervisor, who spent months organizing the fair. “The purpose of the fair was to bring the resources to our population and allow them to make better choices that could change their lives.”
The Los Angeles City Mayor’s Office and US Senator Kamala Harris’ Office joined the LA Central Parole District in sponsoring an inspirational luncheon that empowered and encouraged female offenders to better their lives not just for themselves, but for their families too.