Folsom Women’s Facility inmates had the chance to spend the day with their children in a setting designed to strengthen the mother and child bond and allow for an environment not typically experienced behind the walls of a prison.
The Children and Mother Picnic (C.A.M.P.) provided an atmosphere that felt like attending a family reunion held at a local park.
The day began on China Hill at Folsom State Prison, with children running to their mothers’ arms.
During the daylong event, mothers and children played games, jumped in a bounce house, had their faces painted by a clown, picked out a pumpkin for decorating in a pumpkin patch, and attended a petting zoo.
The families enjoyed barbecued burgers and hot dogs for lunch along with cotton candy and popcorn.
This event was a first for the Folsom Women’s Facility. Thirty-one inmates participated with 95 family members in attendance.
The program was sponsored by Bayside Church, California Prison Industry Authority, Costco of Folsom, Soroptimist of Loomis Basin, Safeway of Folsom, Raley’s of Folsom, and the Prison Fellowship.