Apprenticeship programme for female inmates to learn new skills

An in-prison apprenticeship program in Corona is giving female inmates the tools they need to build a better life upon release. The California Institution for Women held a graduation ceremony on Tuesday to present certificates to 30 women who learned carpentry and other skills in the months-long program.

State officials estimate that 93 percent of the women who finish the program will never be behind bars again.

“When you leave, you’re going to know everything you need to get a job,” Charles Pattillo of the California Prison Industry Authority, told the program graduates.

Inmate Danielle Webster, who expects to leave prison in about four months, said she didn’t think the pre-apprentice carpentry program was for her when she first started, but as she went along, it changed her in many ways. “I’ve never really accomplished much, and this is something that I can take home to my kids,” Webster said as she held her certificate.

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