Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) saw 52 incarcerated people graduate from the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) program.
The participants were awarded certificates of completion in Parole Board Preparation, Criminal and Gang Members Anonymous, and Emotional Intelligence.
Family members were permitted to attend the March 8 and March 9 ARC ceremonies at Pleasant Valley State Prison, sharing the achievements with the group participants.
“We are proud to have ARC here at PVSP. We’re proud of the individuals who have completed this program, and the staff for supporting such an impactful program,” said acting Warden Tristan Lemon. “We look forward to continued collaboration and success at improving not only the PVSP community, but any community the ARC participants may go.”
In addition to the Warden, others speaking included:
- Chief Deputy Warden Maria Faulkner
- Correctional Captains Raquel Barker, Adrian Salas, Michael Harris, and Robert Moreno
- Public Information Officer Jason Martin
- Community Resource Manager Justin Nugent
- ARC Life Coach Kenny Johnson
- and ARC Northern Regional Manager Joseph Osorio.
ARC employs a credible messenger approach to all its rehabilitative programming, Including its Pleasant Valley programs, ARC serves about 5,000 people annually through Criminals and Gang Members Anonymous, Board Parole Hearing workshops, and Youth Offender Program mentorship groups. These programs help individuals develop pro-social behaviors and create plans for successful reentry.