I’m currently housed at Pleasant Valley State Prison. I’m a voracious reader of the San Quentin News and I always keep up with the Kid CAT section. Furthermore, I was incarcerated at the age of 17, which makes me a youth offender. I’m writing because I’m tremendously interested in participation and hopefully joining your program. I understand that San Quentin is in transition to becoming a programming facility (PF), which allows sensitive needs (SNY) inmates the opportunity to be there. Do you know how I can go about making it over there, since I’m SNY, and the perceptions and attitudes toward SNY inmates at San Quentin? This is utterly important to me because I really want to better myself and take advantage of all the programs available. Please get back to me.
C. Diep, PVSP.
Dear Mr. Diep,
We know that many people throughout the state are hearing about the changes taking place during San Quentin’s transition to a programming facility. Life is about choices, it is those decisions that will determine whether or not we will be successful when we return to society. With that said, the men here in San Quentin have been informed about the changes. We cannot speak on how others may perceive SNY inmates, however, Kid CAT as an organization will not turn away any members. We are focused on creating awareness, and we will do our part to reduce recidivism and improve our society through community service and education. We welcome and accept all people with open arms.
We know that it is a tough decision to make, but do what is in your best interest.