Sunday, March 16, 2008
Chowchilla Family Express, CDCR Celebrate First Year Anniversary of Successful Partnership to Bring Children, Families to Visit Incarcerated Mothers
"We are excited about the many successes so far and the ongoing dedication by the Chowchilla Family Express because it provides yet another rehabilitative option for so many women offenders, said Wendy Still, CDCR Associate Director, Female Offender Programs and Services, who also noted that the majority of those inmates are mothers. "This bus program provides unique opportunities for female offenders to reunite with their children, who are in most cases hundreds of miles away. We remain committed to extending our responsibility for female offenders beyond their incarceration to improve their chances of success when they return to their communities."
"I love this work," said Eric Debode, Program Director for the Chowchilla Family Express. "It is so gratifying to be a part of something so positive in the lives of children and families. The program is successful because it is so simple--the people are enthusiastic about coming to visit their loved ones and we give them a ride. Through this program, the state of California is helping families stay together--and increasing the likelihood of successful reentry."
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