California Medical Facility (CMF) recently hosted Prison Palooza 2.0, a sequel to the original event held before the pandemic. The gathering brought together staff, community members, and the incarcerated population in a day filled with joy.
“I have never seen as many smiling faces among our staff and population as I did during the festivities,” said Lt. Priscilla Gonzalez, CMF Public Information Officer.
The Sept. 29 event featured engaging games, including chalk art, cornhole, horseshoes, and a captivating car/motorcycle show. Program and vendor booths added depth to the experience.
The day’s rhythm was set by multiple bands, including a special performance by Warden Daniel Cueva’s family. Iconic figures Jello Biafra from the Dead Kennedys and Wayne Kramer from MC5 joined incarcerated musicians on stage, creating a harmonious blend of music.
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“I am very proud of what we have been able to provide to the CMF population and staff,” said Cueva.
“Prison Palooza 2.0 was a testament to CMF’s dedication to inclusivity, celebrating unity through shared moments, and showing that joy knows no boundaries,” said organizers. “This event was a reminder that even in the face of adversity, people can come together to create something special.”
By Quinn Sheppard, AGPA, Office of External Affairs
Office of Public and Employee Communications