All Articles: Prison Programs

A leader, athlete and friend says goodbye to Kid CAT

By John Lam Cleo Cloman III is a leader, an athlete, and a friend to many in San Quentin. He is also one of several Kid CAT members who were recently found suitable for parole under SB 261, a law that gives special consideration to youthful offenders. “It doesn’t surprise me that Cleo received a […]

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Prison therapeutic program makes use of the arts

By Forrest Lee Jones For more than three decades, Clean Break, an organization based in London, England, has provided a therapeutic program for women prisoners within the United Kingdom that helps them share their stories of incarceration through the arts. “Our training and education program helps participants to develop personal, social, professional and creative skills […]

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Construction program graduates 15 women inmates

By Lt. Michael Dunn The Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) and the Inmate Ward Labor (IWL) successfully graduated 15 inmates in the offender pre-apprenticeship program. The program consisted of a 30-week classroom component along with 40-hours a week of on-the-job construction training. Eligible inmates must have a high school diploma, or be in the process […]

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Former prisoners return for TRUST graduation to help re-entry

By Juan Haines Three highly acclaimed self-help programs at San Quentin Prison held a graduation for more than 80 inmates on March 30. Dozens of San Francisco Bay Area volunteers came to the prison’s Protestant Chapel to witness the event along with formerly incarcerated men who once participated in the same programs. “It feels good […]

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Firefighters receive more than praise from local ministry

By Joe Garcia Female inmates working at a Malibu fire camp annually receive donated gift bags from a local prison ministry. Members of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Thousand Oaks collect cosmetic and hygiene items, candy, snacks, and other available treats and necessities for the women year-round, according to a Thousand Oaks Acorn article by Becca […]

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Inmates find opportunity at Folsom’s Braille program

By Harry C. Goodall Jr. Since 1989, Folsom State Prison’s Braille program has been transforming lives by transcribing books into Braille for the blind through the California Prison Industry Authority. It started when the Folsom Lions Club was creating audio books on tape. Select prisoners would read the books for blind people like Amelia Diaz. […]

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Business owner shares his knowledge and energy at DVI

By J.R. Abernathy Three days a week, you will usually find volunteer and business owner Scott Bohlmann devoting his valuable time, knowledge and positive energy to inmates at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) in Tracy, Calif. “Prison is my sanctuary,” said Bohlmann, 54, explaining why he volunteers his time to teach three different classes to inmates […]

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DVI’s dairy production provides marketable skills

By Harry C. Goodall Jr. Inmates at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) near Tracy handle every aspect of milk production from feeding cows, pasteurization and running the machines in the dairy. The dairy was built in 1953 on 60 acres of dairy land adjacent to 540 acres of farmland at 23500 Kasson Road. It is still […]

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Kid CAT’s new chair seeks to build meaningful relationships

By Charlie Spence Over the years, I have come to believe that life only matters in the influence and meaning it has on other lives. This is because of the crime I committed nearly 20 years ago, which left nothing but hurt and devastation in the lives of others. It is the idea of constructive […]

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SQ hosts national conference on incarcerated veterans

By Juan Haines Corrections officials from around the nation, who are working on veterans’ issues, came to San Quentin, where they found new ways to serve ex-military. The visitors also discovered that it is no easy task to get the job done. “San Quentin is different than any other prison in the state,” Warden Ron […]

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