All Articles: Prison Programs

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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Oak Glen firecamp reopens to house long-term jail inmates

By Mike Little Storied San Bernardino fire camp Oak Glen has signed a contract with the state to provide minimum-security beds for long-term jail inmates at the state’s 160-bed camp. Bill Sessa, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) spokesperson, said the plan is part of new legislation aimed at reducing the prison population, […]

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Inmates are 20 percent of California fire crews

By Thomas Gardner Many California prisoners find gratifying work fighting wildfires. Roughly 20 percent of the state’s fire crews are inmates, according to a CBS News report. “They’re among the first to hit the front lines of California’s dangerous wildfires. The orange uniforms let people know – these firefighters are inmates,” according to Chris Martinez […]

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45 bikes for Christmas, thanks to DVI inmates

By Harry C. Goodall Jr. Prisoners at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) made sure 45 kids got bikes for Christmas. DVI inmates rebuilt the bikes for the Boys & Girls Club of Tracy, reported the Tracy Press. The bike-refurbishing program has been going for five years now, and has grown steadily each year. About 20 inmates […]

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Folsom prisoners refurbish 200 Christmas bikes for needy children

By John Lam An inmate in Folsom State Prison’s bicycle program has single-handedly refurbished 200 bicycles that were gifted to local youths for Christmas, the Folsom Telegraph reported. “Each morning Argueta Mauricio…heads off to work where he spends his days restoring and repairing bicycles…within the walls of Folsom Prison where inmates, like himself, have been […]

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Mexican consulate in SF pays visit to SQ rehab program

By Juan Haines Mexican nationals and other Spanish-speakers imprisoned in California face particularly high barriers to rehabilitation and getting their lives on the right track. That was the assessment of officials from the Mexican consulate in San Francisco who visited San Quentin Prison recently. According to Xavier Issac Delgadillo, who works in the Department of […]

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