CDCR’s first Day of Peace and Reconciliation in pictures
Compiled by Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor Office of Public and Employee Communications
Across California, 34 adult institutions and five community correctional facilities observed the first Day of Peace and Reconciliation during the last week of January. Nearly 7,400 inmates took part in the events offered by chaplains of all faiths. Read more about the event.
California City Correctional Facility
California Correctional Center
By Lt. Charlene Ruggiero
California Correctional Center’s chaplains reminded staff and inmates about the importance of peaceful coexistence within the stressful environment of a state prison.
The chaplains and Community Resources Manager spoke about the different religious leaders throughout the world, who all encourage peaceful living and forgiveness. They also discussed how inmates have opportunities to change and live in peace.
A few inmates prepared speeches and spoke about setting an example for children by reducing the racial unrest and crime rate. One inmate gave a speech about the recent increase in crimes within the communities and how it affects all children’s ability to simply play at parks or walk down the streets because of the fear of what may happen.
One spoke about how parents don’t spend quality time with their children, relying instead on technology and electronics as a baby sitter. He encouraged everyone to spend time with children, love them and help them become good people. The speeches given were inspiring for the inmates and staff who attended.
The social worker spoke about how she can see every person as individuals and she shared a success story of an inmate who changed his life and met his 6-year-old child for the first time. He paroled from CCC and has since married and is raising his child along with other stepchildren. He has not returned to prison.
The Arts in Corrections music instructor and local Opera Singer, Liudmila Mullin, and the inmate choir sang peaceful music for the audience.
Warden S. Peery relayed Secretary Diaz’s message and encouraged forgiveness and peaceful behavior while incarcerated and when they are released into the community. She expressed her appreciation for the inmates’ participation and their willingness to embrace the positive message of Peace and Reconciliation.
California Correctional Institution
California Health Care Facility
By Lt. Wilona Lewis
California Health Care Facility’s Day of Peace and Reconciliation was a huge success, according to organizers. The event began with an opening prayer led by Chaplin Cedarholm followed by a memorandum authored by Secretary Ralph Diaz read by Warden Laura Eldridge.
CHCF’s inmate Drama Team put on a play titled “Hate & Division” and CHCF’s rendition of Rock Soup.
During the ceremony inmates shared stories of encouragement and the positive benefits CHCF programs have had on the inmate population. They also recognized they were able to put prison politics aside. One inmate said, “I use to be at a level 4 yard and you have to wear boots all day, boots to bed and boots in the shower and you can’t talk to different races. I arrived at CHCF and now all I wear is flip flops and I can speak to any race.”
CHCF’s music group performed a medley of songs including one titled, “Peace and Reconciliation.”
California Institution for Women
Photos by Jonathan Mumm, TV Specialist
California Medical Facility
California Men’s Colony
California Rehabilitation Center
Correctional Training Facility
Deuel Vocational Institution
Folsom State Prison
High Desert State Prison
Ironwood State Prison
Kern Valley State Prison
CSP-Los Angeles County
Mule Creek State Prison
By Lance Eshelman, Community Resources Manager
Tucked away in the foothills, Ione is surrounded by majestic wildlife and green flora. On a crisp January morning, you can see a family of deer calmly grazing the hillside. It is the backdrop of serenity, yet sharing this same tranquil terrain are 4,000 men housed at Mule Creek State Prison with crimes of different variation as well as length of stay. On the week of Jan. 27, an event held for inmates and staff offered encouraging messages of peace and unity. Warden (A) Patrick Covello made an appearance along with the state chaplains and the Inmate Advisory Council. The message was clear, we live and work in a dark place, but we need to be the light to make it better. In a packed room with a max capacity of 288, there wasn’t an empty chair. CDCR Division of Adult Institutions Director Connie Gipson stopped in for the event as well.
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility
Sierra Conservation Center
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility & State Prison, Corcoran
Valley State Prison
Photos by Rob Stewart, TV Specialist CDCR Office of Public and Employee Communications