Rehabilitation

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

A chaplain speaks. Behind him are painted the words "Believe" and "Kindness."
Chaplain Charles Richey speaks at the event at CAC.
Chaplains sit at a table in a CDCR prison.
The panel of distinguished speakers for the event included Charles Richey, Warden George Jaime and Chaplain Joey Brown (all standing).
Three men in a prison hallway pause for a photo.
Chaplains Ron Sparks, Joey Brown and George Peate all spoke at the event at CAC.

California Correctional Center

Inmates sit in a chapel while other inmates form a choir.
CCC inmates participate in the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
Inmates in orange and blue clothing listen to a chaplain speak.
The event was offered throughout CCC for those following various religions. Attending the events were voluntary.

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

CDCR inmates play instruments and sing at California Correctional Institution.
Music was performed at the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at California Correction Institution.
Man speaks into microphone.
Volunteers and chaplains of all faiths organized and put on the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at institutions across the state.
Rabbi speaks into a microphone at California Correctional Institution.
A CCI Jewish Chaplain speaks during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.

California Health Care Facility

CHCF inmates put on a skit about peace and reconciliation.
The CHCF theatrical group put on a short play.
CHCF inmates play musical instruments during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
The CHCF music program put on a show during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.

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

Native American drummers at Day of Peace and Reconciliation at California Institution for Women.
Native American drumming at California Institution for Women.
CIW chaplain speaks during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
CIW Chaplain Maryloyola Yettke.

California Medical Facility

A chaplain speaks at CMF for the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
Rabbi C. Zaklos speaks at the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at California Medical Facility.
California Medical Facility Native American drumming.
Native American activities at the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at California Medical Facility.
Inmates perform at the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
Performing for the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at CMF.

California Men’s Colony

Two inmates hold signs showing different greetings. They are standing beside a rabbi at California Men's Colony.
From left are Clint Jacob, Rabbi Dov Gottsfeld and Randy Guerra.
Native American prison inmate prays using an eagle feather.
Jason Drabek prays during a Native American ceremony during Day of Peace and Reconciliation at California Men’s Colony.
Chaplain Mark Williams stands behind a lectern at California Men's Colony.
Chaplain Mark Williams speaks during Day of Peace and Reconciliation at California Men’s Colony.
A Native American Spiritual Adviser and four inmates pound a drum at California Men's Colony.
Drumming, from left, are Anthony Noreiega, Native American Spiritual Advisor Juan Fregoso, Rudy Cline, Jason Drabek and Randy Guerra.
Muslim Volunteer Mirza Alikhan at California Men's Colony for Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
Muslim volunteer Mirza Alikhan at California Men’s Colony.

California Rehabilitation Center

Rabbi speaks at Day of Peace and Reconciliation at California Rehabilitation Center.
Jewish Chaplain Yosef Berkowitz speaks at California Rehabilitation Center for the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
Inmate band at California Rehabilitation Center performs for Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
Inmates perform at the California Rehabilitation Center.
Native American drumming at California Rehabilitation Center.
Native American drumming at California Rehabilitation Center.

CSP-Corcoran

Corcoan state prison inmates stand in a yard listening to a man speak.
CSP-Corcoran’s 3B Facility gathered on a sunny January day for the event.
Corcoran prison inmates stand in a yard listening to a man speak.
CSP-Corcoran inmates gather to listen during the event.

Correctional Training Facility

Chapel at Correctional Training Facility in Soledad for the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
Inmates at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad take part in the Day of Peace and Reconciliation events.

Deuel Vocational Institution

Large room in a California prison with inmates and guests.
Deuel Vocational Institution’s Day of Peace featured guest speakers and video presentations.
CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz speaks to inmates at DVI.
CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz speaks at DVI’s Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
Inmate with 'mobility' note on a vest listens to another inmate speak at DVI.
Inmates gathered at DVI to hear messages of hope, peace and cooperation.

Folsom State Prison

CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz speaks at peace event at Greystone Chapel in Folsom State Prison.
Secretary Diaz addresses inmates in the Greystone Chapel at Folsom State Prison during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
Folsom Prison Warden speaks during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
Folsom Prison Warden Rick Hill.
Chaplain speaks to inmates at Folsom State Prison.
All faiths were represented during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at Folsom State Prison.
CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz speaks to inmates from a lectern at Folsom State Prison.
CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz speaks during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at Folsom State Prison.
Inmates play instruments and sing during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at Folsom State Prison.
An inmate band performs during the events at Folsom State Prison.

High Desert State Prison

High Desert State Prison Nate Williams speaks to inmates. Behind him is a mural showing a bald eagle, the U.S. flag and a POW-MIA flag.
Nate Williams speaks at the ceremony at High Desert State Prison Facility B.
High Desert State Prison Warden Pickett.
High Desert State Prison Warden Jason Pickett speaks during the event on Facility D.
Arts in Corrections perform for inmates during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at High Desert State Prison.
Arts in Corrections takes part in the ceremony on Facility D at High Desert State Prison.

Ironwood State Prison

Ironwood State Prison Warden Neil McDowell speaks to inmates.
Ironwood State Prison Warden Neil McDowell speaks during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
Chapel in Ironwood State Prison.
Ironwood State Prison A Facility Chapel.
Chaplain speaks into a microphone.
Protestant Chaplain Samuel Burton speaks to inmates at Ironwood State Prison.

Kern Valley State Prison

A man speaks to inmates at Kern Valley State Prison.
Muslim Chaplain Maurice Howard speaks during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at Kern Valley State Prison.
Correctional officer stands in the background while another man speaks to inmates at Kern Valley State Prison.
Chaplains, custody staff, prison leadership and inmates were involved in the events.
Kern Valley State Prison inmates listen to a man speak.
Kern Valley State Prison CRM Kevin Nugent speaks during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.

CSP-Los Angeles County

Inmates bow their heads in prayer at California State Prison, Los Angeles County
Group prayer at CSP-Los Angeles County.
Three inmates sit on the floor while a group of prison staff stand behind them at CSP-Los Angeles County.
Inmates pose for a photo with staff. From left are Facility C Captain Miller, Community Resources Manager Ericka Lake, Chaplain A. Omeira, Prison Fellowship M. Woods, Father Kennedy and R. Garcia of Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative, Rabbi Lazar, and LAC Warden R.C. Johnson.
Woman stands in front of group of inmates at Los Angeles County prison in Lancaster.
CRM Ericka Lake welcomes staff and inmates to the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.

Mule Creek State Prison

Mule Creek State Prison officials bow their heads in a moment of silence.
From left, MCSP CEO Traci Patterson, Director Connie Gipson, MCSP Warden (A) Patrick Covello and CRM Lance Eshelman observe a moment of silence.
Mule Creek State Prison inmates and staff listen to a Catholic priest speak.
MCSP Catholic Chaplain Diogo Baptista addresses everyone during the event on Facility A.
California prison inmate plays an upright piano.
Mule Creek State Prison’s Day of Peace also featured music.

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

Woman in cloak speaks to inmates at RJ Donovan Correctional Facility.
All faiths were represented during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.
Inmates huddle in at RJ Donovan Correctional Facility.
A quick prayer huddle during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at RJ Donovan Correctional Facility.
Man wearing necklace holds eagle feathers and speaks into a microphone.
Native American spiritual leaders took part in the ceremonies at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility and across the state.
CDCR officer speaks to inmates at RJ Donovan Correctional Facility.
Custody staff took part in the ceremonies across the state, including this one at RJ Donovan Correctional Facility.

CSP-Sacramento

Inmates stand as a chaplain speaks to them at California State Prison, Sacramento.
The Day of Peace and Reconciliation at CSP-Sacramento.
Inmate plays guitar on a stage in front of other inmates at California State Prison, Sacramento.
A guitar performance was part of the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at CSP-Sacramento.
Man stands behind lectern, points upward, while speaking to inmates at California State Prison, Sacramento.
Spiritual leaders from all faiths took part in the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.

Sierra Conservation Center

Sierra Conservation Center inmates perform on stage.
Inmates perform music at Sierra Conservation Center.
Prison chaplain speaks to inmates in a chapel.
A chaplain speaks at Sierra Conservation Center’s Day of Peace and Reconciliation event.

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility & State Prison, Corcoran

CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz speaks to a large group of inmates.
Secretary Ralph Diaz addresses inmates at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility’s F yard.
CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz speaks to inmates in a room at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility.
SATF C yard inmates listen to Secretary Ralph Diaz during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
Correctional staff member speaks to inmates at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility.
Custody participated in the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at SATF.
Man wearing a hat speaks to inmates at SATF.
All religious faiths were represented during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation at SATF.

Valley State Prison

Photos by Rob Stewart, TV Specialist
CDCR Office of Public and Employee Communications

Traditional dancers at Valley State Prison.
All faiths were represented at the Day of Peace and Reconciliation, such as this ritual dance at Valley State Prison.
Native American inmates drum in a circle at Valley State Prison.
Observing the Native American faith, drumming is used at Valley State Prison for the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
Valley State Prison inmates, staff and volunteers raise their arms during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
The Day of Peace and Reconciliation was observed by all faith groups at Valley State Prison and across the state.

Wasco State Prison-Reception Center

Wasco State Prison chaplain speaks to inmates.
WSP-RC chaplains, staff and volunteers spoke to the inmates during the Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
Chaplain speaks to inmates at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center.
Wasco State Prison-Reception Center’s Day of Peace and Reconciliation was one of many such programs hosted across the state.