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Prison employees bring their kids to work

By: Laura Newell, Features Editor
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Staff members at California State Prison-Sacramento in Folsom shared their day-to-day tasks with their children at their annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

The day, held on April 25, was meant to inspire, encourage and motivate children by focusing on the dignity and value of work, said Tony Quinn, prison public information officer.

“The program also gave children an opportunity to see their parent’s contribution in the workforce as well as the job diversity available to young men and women in our state offices,” he said.

The day began with a continental breakfast for all 25 “junior employees” and their parents with Chief Deputy Warden Jeff Macomber. Participants then heard presentations focusing on the various job opportunities available at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and California State Prison-Sacramento.

Volunteer presenters included the institutions chief medical officer, principal, public health nurse, recreational therapist, mental health physicians and staff in the personnel department.

Quinn said the canine officers were a hit while displaying their talents in locating cellular phones. He said the Crisis Response Team and Investigative Services Unit were also popular among the “junior employees.”

“Today’s activities and the time spent with their parents, will replay in the minds of those children forever, and I am honored to be a small part of it,” said Quinn.

CSP-Sacramento is a multi-mission institution that houses approximately 2,300 inmates and employs more than 1,700 staff.  Opening in 1986, the institution primarily houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.