Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp raised funds to donate to organizations supporting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trauma, neglect and suicide prevention. The youth chose to raise money to support victims of these causes as many youth have experienced significant exposure to traumatic settings as primary or secondary direct victims.
The California Medical Facility (CMF) received a visit from the US Air Force (USAF), Air Mobility Commander (AMC), General Maryanne Miller – only the fourth female four-star general in the history of USAF. General Miller other dignitaries from AMC, the 18th Air Force Command, and Travis AFB have visited CMF over the past few months to observe the Inmate Activity Group (IAG) Military Assistance Program (MAP).
The exhibition space at Alcatraz will function as an artist studio that the public can visit for a few months. Avenal State Prison Warden Rosemary Ndoh has been an advocate for the Arts in Corrections rehabilitative programs and has been extremely involved in getting the inmates’ talents seen by the public.
Warden Dean Borders recently hosted a star-studded event on the eve of Easter for inmates on Facility A at the California Institution for Men (CIM). The group of 45 Prison Fellowship volunteers ushered in the holiday with notable celebrities such as actor Scott Winters from HBO’s hit show “Oz”, and Christian recording artists Nehemiah and Tamika Moore. As the band began to play, near 200 inmates descended on the main yard on Facility A to engage in what became one of the most powerful and uplifting events of the year for CIM.
In California’s early years, jails were scarce and prisons non-existent. Prior to 1849, there were only six jails in the entire state. That all changed with the influx of gold seekers headed for the mines, followed by a drastic increase in crime. To address the issue, the state passed a series of laws and established a state prison at San Quentin. Inmate reform has proven a collaborative effort between custody and rehabilitative staff. The following are just a few of the examples of such cooperation through the history of the state prison system.
Meet Carol Newborg, program manager for the San Quentin Prison Arts Project, a William James Association Arts in Corrections program that offers robust arts instruction inside the walls of San Quentin State Prison. Newborg has been teaching art in prisons for nearly 40 years, and shared with Inside CDCR how art programs help incarcerated people not only express themselves in a positive way, but can also inspire them to explore other avenues of rehabilitation.