California Men’s Colony mural honors state’s beauty

A nearly completed California Men’s Colony mural project exemplifies the cooperative nature of living in a non-designated programming facility, or NDPF.

California Men’s Colony Facility B is just such a facility. In the Level III NDPF incarcerated participants are expected to live and work harmoniously with those around them, regardless of previous affiliations and convictions.

This harmony has been memorialized through a detailed, hand-painted mural paying tribute to California’s wonders, landmarks and creativity. The large California Men’s Colony mural, measuring 20 feet wide and 15 feet tall, is painted on a wall within Facility B and serves as a reminder of California’s diversity and unity.

The mural has hidden gems throughout. Dory and Nemo may be easy to find, but Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Monopoly, a selfie-taking roller-skater, Gollum from “Lord of the Rings” and other clandestine creations are strategically placed throughout the art.

The Facility B artists represent NDPF programming at its best. They serve as examples of the benefits of NDPF programming.

Correctional Lt. B. Escobedo and Sgt. D. Irwin, proponents of the mural’s creation, have witnessed its unifying and therapeutic effect on the population. Many individuals have assisted in the creation, while others are seen each day sitting at nearby tables peacefully watching the artists at work.

The teamwork and periods of tranquility brought about by this project are clear evidence of the changes each incarcerated individual has made in their life, according to those involved.

Final touch-ups are in progress, as artists intend to add a few more hidden gems.

By Lt. John Hill

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