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Documentary on San Francisco’s Cala Restaurant. Cala offers returning citizens a second chance and the film includes an interview with Diana Williams.

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Inmates striving to become working citizens

Published in San Quentin News
July 1, 2018
by Kevin D. Sawyer
 
The dozens of employers and organizations that support rehabilitation by visiting San Quentin to interview inmates have captured the attention of the state’s top corrections official.

In May, the prison hosted its fifth Prison to Employment Connection (PEC) event in two years. This time, Scott Kernan, secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), took notice.

“It was really important to be here today,” said Kernan. “It’s a very common-sense objective to get people employed.” He said Gov. Jerry Brown is making employment “a merging priority” with rehabilitation. “Giving someone a chance to earn a living wage reduces recidivism.”
 
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Prison to Employment Connection holds job readiness event

Published on San Quentin News
January 18, 2018
by Kevin D. Sawyer

 

The Prison to Employment Connection (PEC) program hosted its sixth job readiness event at San Quentin State Prison, allowing dozens of inmates, employers, unions, apprenticeship programs and career path organizations to meet face-to-face.

Warden Ron Davis welcomed the employers and organizations, thanking them for their time. “At the end of the year, I’ll have been warden three years,” he said. “It never ceases to amaze me the events that happen here. The stuff you guys do here doesn’t happen in other places.”

Diana Williams, executive director of PEC, said, “Forty-seven (inmates) signed up, 36 made it through. They spent the last 11 weeks reading for this program. They created a packet of success. They learned about financial literacy. They’re ready to go.”

 

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Inmates Preview Job Opportunities Thanks to an Employment Readiness Seminar

Published in San Quentin News
January 31, 2017
by Kevin D. Sawyer

 

A group of San Quentin prisoners got a preview of job opportunities when they are released, thanks to an Employment Readiness Seminar. Thirty-six inmates and 33 outside guests attended the December event, the latest of four job seminars held in the past two years. “We prepare men for jobs,” said Diana Williams to an audience of employers, inmates, trade union representatives, former inmates, law enforcement, top officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), and other organizations. “We facilitate relationships.”

 

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'I Want to Do a Start Over:' Job Fair Brings Hope to San Quentin Prison Inmates Waiting For Parole

Published on NBC Bay Area
December 22, 2016
by Rebecca Greenway and Michael Bott

 

The program was born two years ago when Nelson Theodo Butler, an inmate at San Quentin, was about to appear before the parole review board. It’s been 30 years since Willie Bridges has been a free man. But with a parole date set for just four months away, he’s now looking for a job — and he might have just found it. San Quentin State Prison held its third job fair earlier this month with 44 inmates, including Bridges, hoping to connect with employers before their release date.

 

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Potential Employers Interview Inmates for Brighter Futures

Published in San Quentin News
July 1, 2016
by Kevin D. Sawyer

 

A group of inmates who will be looking for employment opportunities once they parole got a head start at San Quentin’s third Employment Readiness Seminar (ERS). A panel of 18 women and men from the outside representing employers, trade unions, apprenticeship programs and other organizations attended the event held in May. “I really believe what we’re here for is to connect as human beings,” Diana Williams told the audience. She co-founded and helped organize the seminar with inmate Nobel Butler, a member of the group TRUST (Teaching Responsibility Utilizing Sociological Training).

 

 

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Prisoners Close to Parole Meeting Employers

Published in San Quentin News
Feb 1, 2016
by Tommy Bryant and Kevin D. Sawyer

 

Twenty-five prisoners got an up-close look at employment opportunities they might encounter upon release from San Quentin during the prison’s second Employment Readiness Seminar. Thirteen businesses and organizations attended the December event that doubled as a Job Fair. As the evening began, there was a hint of nervousness from both employers and inmates. When resumes were presented and interviews started taking place, it did not take long for the room to buzz with excitement as connections were made and possibilities for the future became brighter.

 

 

 

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