Lt. Elias Garcia
California Correctional Institution (CCI) recently participated in its first experience with Place 4 Grace’s Camp Grace. CCI Facility C, a Preferred Programming Facility (PPF) level 3 facility, had eight qualifying inmates who chose to participate.
These fathers were united with their children all week to participate in scheduled activities, games and having the opportunity to parent their child one on one.
These incarcerated individuals stepped out of their prison roles and into the role of a father. All week long these dads helped with homework and the daily activities brought father and child closer together.
One father said it was a wonderful feeling to tell his child, “see you tomorrow.”
The staff at CCI greeted the children and facilitators warmly and openly.
The program has many incentives to the inmate population to positively program.
To participate in a program such as this, an inmate must be disciplinary free for at least a year. That year without disciplinary action also reduces the amount of stress between staff and the inmate population.
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