CHCF hosts second Father’s Day dinner as part of rewarding inmates who rehabilitate

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.

CMF hospice unveils tranquil garden for inmates, volunteers and staff

CMF hospice unveils tranquil garden for inmates, volunteers and staff

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.

LA Mid-City District hosts first college, vocational fair for parolees

LA Mid-City District hosts first college, vocational fair for parolees

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.”