Below is a letter from Joe Stewart, Correctional Captain, B-Facility at California State Prison-Sacramento ( a Level IV Maximum Security facility) to his Lieutenants on his belief in the CR Inside program and it’s proven ability to change lives at SCC and Folsom State Prison in California, and his plan to add the CR Inside program to the faith based opportunities at California State Prison – Sacramento.
From: "Stewart, Joe@CDCR"
Date: April 8, 2016 at 10:06:30 AM PDT
Subject: New CRI Program Coming To B-Facility
Great Story in the OPEC newsletter today, (link below).
Definitely part of my motivation for the Celebrate Recovery Inside (CRI) Program, and it’s power to change lives.
This program has been operating at SCC and next door at FSP for several years now...
It has won numerous awards like the one below from the State Legislature in 2014 for its success in greatly reducing recidivism.
Currently FSP’s program has a 100% success rate with none of the released participants returning to custody...
After meeting a gentleman named Terry a few weeks ago, and hearing his story of serving 27 years in Ca. Prisons as a Life-Term Offender, Terry was incarcerated for a homicide he committed as a youth, and never thought he would ever be released. CRI changed his life at SCC and FSP and helped him begin motivating and encouraging other inmates to change their lives. After being released from FSP a few years ago, he is now a volunteer and mentor of the CRI program continuing to invest in other people.
I’m honored to announce that Capt. Riley and I are working with a local CRI program in El Dorado Co., along with Therese our CRM, to bring a CRI program to B-Facility.
Of course Terry will not be able to physically participate at this point, but Mike and Mavis Mante are the coordinators of the program and will be leading the weekly meetings.
I can only imagine there will be a similar story about Terry’s life and this CRI program at CSP-SAC to share in the newsletter someday.
This program will be held in the evenings (likely Mon. or Tue.) and more information regarding the specific times and locations will be forth coming.
This program has an evidence based approach to changing the environment of a correctional facility, giving inmates an alternate perspective to violence.
Most of our Life-Term offenders have to participate in a Substance Abuse Program (SAP), like this in order to be considered for release during their BPT hearings.
I know many people believe this type of impact and success cannot be achieved at a Level IV, Maximum Security Prison, but we disagree with that theory...
I know you and your staff will all provide the CRI Volunteers with all of the support they need to facilitate these weekly meetings.
Have a great weekend everyone...
Correctional Captain, B-Facility
California State Prison-Sacramento