Community Involvement

LAC staff forgoes shaving; rare snowfall captured on camera

Officers show off their whiskers after not shaving for a month.
CSP-LAC Facility B staff gather for an "after" photo in honor of No-Shave November.

By Lt. Karla Graves

California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC), staff teamed up with No-Shave November to raise awareness and help fight Cancer.

The month-long journey sees participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.

Staff at LAC did just that as they put down their razors for 30 days to donate their monthly hair-maintenance expenses in support of cancer research and prevention.

For this reason, LAC donated to the Fight Colorectal Cancer, Prevent Cancer Foundation, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To learn more about No-Shave November visit

Officers in a gym show off their mostly clean-shaven faces.
At the beginning of November LAC Facility B staff gathered for a “before” photo.

Prison gatehouse in Los Angeles County is covered with snow.
A rare snowfall greeted staff arriving for work at CSP-LAC on Thanksgiving day.

Snowfall at LAC

Supervising Correctional Cook Maria Benak sent a few photos of Thanksgiving morning snowfall at California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC).

On Thursday, Nov. 28, a storm dropped the rare white stuff in the area around LAC.

“I’d like to share the excitement we experienced on Thanksgiving morning! It has been a decade or so since Lancaster has seen snow like this. It was hard to contain the excitement and joy when this sugar from heaven fell upon us. What a treat to see LAC covered in snow. I hope you enjoy the photos. I want to thank all the LAC staff who braved the closed freeways, the detours, traffic, redirects and hold overs on this memorable Thanksgiving Day,” Benak wrote.

Prison fence and tower with snow on the ground.
Snow covered the grounds of CSP-Los Angeles County.