In the 1880s, John Joseph Smith worked on his father’s farm, but seeing a low return on investment, he decided farming wasn’t in his future. The 21-year-old Smith set off to try a different career path – the state prison system. The farm boy was the youngest officer in the state prison system in 1889. He eventually worked his way up to become warden. In all, he had 37 years of state service when he left in 1927.
Inmates involved in the Arts in Corrections (AIC) program at California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) were treated to a very special guitar workshop. Thomas Gabriel, the oldest grandchild of the late singer Johnny Cash, visited the guitar classes on A and B facility, two of the prison’s level IV yards on Oct. 2.
The head facilitator penned a piece describing a recent dog program graduation. “On Oct. 3, Valley State prison (VSP) held it second Youth Offender Program (YOP) obedience dog graduation. It was a tremendous success. Our program is committed to assisting in the overall development and basic obedience training of rescued dogs that come into our care. We believe that rescue dogs deserve to be treated kindly and ultimately adopted by a family who can love them unconditionally. We had two of our beloved dogs graduate with flying colors, ‘Toby’ who is a Chihuahua/Dauchsund mix, and ‘Hank’ who is a cocker spaniel.”
The Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) 2nd Chance Ministries came to California State Prison Sacramento (CSP-SAC) as part of their recent prison tour.
Education is the gift that can never be taken away – once you learn something, it’s yours to keep. That’s the message Shannon Swain sends to students every time she visits a prison. As Superintendent of the Office of Correctional Education (OCE) for CDCR, Swain and her team are committed to providing opportunities for academic growth during incarceration. In 2019, they’ll kick off a first-of-its-kind program to recognize correctional schools of excellence.
Inmate food sales at California State Prison-Sacramento’s (CSP-SAC) three level IV facilities and the Minimum Support Facility provided a generous donation totaling $8,800 to Special Olympics of Northern California.