CORCORAN – On Thursday, December 6, 2012, the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran, along with representatives from the Alternative to Violence Program (AVP), held a “facilitator” graduation ceremony for 18 inmates.
The graduates, who were awarded Training for Facilitators certificates, will be able to utilize their new skills while incarcerated to help build a better community through nonviolent conflict resolution.
After a welcoming address by AVP sponsor Don Nason and Facility Captain Jason Collins, Warden Ralph M. Diaz congratulated the graduates on their success and challenged them to strive for even more personal growth.”
“You overcame so many obstacles to achieve what you have within this environment” Diaz said. “Now it is your responsibility to help build a community in this facility based on honesty, respect and caring.”
Inmate Thomas Markham addressed his fellow graduates and attendees with an emotional and heartfelt speech. He expressed his commitment to the AVP program and his promise to make a change to help transform minds and create an atmosphere of nonviolent conflict resolution and in turn, will help foster positive programming on the facility.
Don Nason ended the ceremony by express his gratitude to the Warden and Captain Collins for their commitment to change and the AVP program.