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Hundreds of Children to Visit Incarcerated Moms in 12th Annual Get On The Bus Event

WHAT: More than 700 children from throughout the state will visit their moms at three prisons for Mother’s Day for the Annual Get On The Bus event. Families leave early in the morning on May 7 and spend several hours with their incarcerated loved ones, returning home that night. The event is sponsored by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Center for Restorative Justice Works.

WHEN:Saturday, May 7, 2011: Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) and Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW.) Saturday, May 14, 2011: California Institution for Women (CIW). Bus arrival between 8:00 and 10:00 A.M.

WHERE: CCWF, 23370 Road 22, Chowchilla.
VSPW, 21633 Avenue 24, Chowchilla.
CIW, 16765 Chino-Corona Road, Corona.

Institutional Contacts: CIW: Contact Lt. Felix Figueroa at (909) 597-1771 x 4921.
CCWF: Contact Lt. Travis Wright at (559) 665-6002.
VSPW: Contact Lt. Gregory Bergesen at (559) 665-6100 x 5509.

Note to media: Media interested in attending the Get On The Bus event need to obtain a gate clearance. Representative’s name, date of birth, and driver’s license number and expiration date, must be faxed to the prison(s) you plan to visit. Equipment lists must also be faxed to the institutions(s) you plan to visit. Production companies must also complete a CDCR location agreement and secure a film permit from the California Film Commission. No denim of any kind or a combination of blue pants and blue shirt is permitted inside the institutions. No cells phones or other electronic devices are allowed. All media background information must be received by Thursday, May 5, 2011.

May 3, 2011
Contact: Peggy Bengs, CDCR (916) 445-4950
Hilary Carson, GOTB, (818) 980-7714 X12