California Rehabilitation Center pauses to honor victims
Education, awareness and respect were all part of the California Rehabilitation Center’s observances for crime victims.
Staff set up an information booth complete with yellow ribbons, brochures and fact sheets supplied by the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services. Information was also provided by the Riverside County Coalition for Alternatives to Domestic Violence.
While the entire week had special observances, on April 21, staff gathered to join Warden (A) Glen Pratt to respectfully held a moment of silence to remember the fallen and survivors.
Doreen Marquez, Classification and Parole Representative (C&PR), provided words of inspiration.
“As we fight through COVID-19, it is important we do not forget to honor and remember victims and survivors. Victims’ Rights have been working vigorously for the past half century to advocate for victims and their families. This has enabled hearing victims’ voices, helping them build trust in their communities, and reduced suffering in silence,” Marquez said. “In today’s society, victims are able to receive support from numerous agencies within communities. Also, it is imperative to recognize the victims and survivors to give inspiration and hope as they are not forgotten.”
Story by Estela Acosta, Community Resources Manager.
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility honors victims, survivors
To begin the institution’s moment of silence, Correctional Officer Gustavo Rodriguez played Taps over the SATF radio system. Staff and Warden (A) Theresa Cisneros also collected donations to go toward community programs assisting crime victims.
Submitted by Lt. Brent Urban.
Ventura Youth Correctional Facility shows support for crime victims
Chaplain Jacob Matchak said a prayer before Ventura Youth Correctional Facility staff and youth observed a moment of silence April 21. Afterward, staff held up letters commemorating the theme of this year’s NCVRW.
Submitted by Karette Fussell, Supervising Casework Specialist.
Valley State Prison salutes Crime Victims’ Rights Week
In honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), Valley State Prison supported this year’s theme: “Support Victims, Build Trust, Engage Communities.”
On Wednesday, April 21, prison staff joined in honoring crime victims and survivors with a moment of silence. Meanwhile, the prison’s incarcerated population were encouraged to have a moment of silence as well. To help others, they also donated nearly $400 to local victim services agencies:
- Breaking the Chains
- Madera Community Action Partnership Victim Services
- Mollie’s House Human Trafficking Shelter
Submitted by Lt. Lavelle Adams.