Beyond the Badge, California Model, Community Involvement

Community family night highlights VSP

A family at an event.
CDW M. Dotson and family enjoy the VSP event.

Staff and the community came together for the recent Valley State Prison (VSP) Family Night event.

The event was open to all and featured a range of activities, entertainment, information booths and experiences.

There was also a generous spread of free food including hotdogs, hamburgers, popcorn, cotton candy, and refreshments.

Family friendly booths, activities

The event also included various booths for families to explore, providing a sense of engagement and interaction. Families could participate in different activities and learn about support organizations, creating a sense of connection and community beyond the prison walls.

Institutional tours offered family members a glimpse into the environment where their loved one works. These tours help bridge the gap between the prison community and their families, offering a sense of transparency and understanding.

Families visited the gymnasium where they experienced a dog show.

“Family support is the backbone of our correctional system. It not only uplifts their spirits but also strengthens the resolve of our dedicated staff,” said Warden McVay.

Face painting, bounce houses, and fire department activities ensured children had a great time.

The Crisis Response Team demonstrated their skills by thwarting and containing a mock zombie apocalypse.

The VSP Family Night was more than just an event, it was a testament to the power of family support and community involvement.

“This event was a heartwarming reminder that family support is an indispensable pillar of the correctional system. It also showcased the prison’s dedication to community engagement,” said organizers.

By Lt. H. Gastelum, AA/PIO
Valley State Prison

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