California Department of Corrections

Contact: Matt Mullin, Associate Warden, Camp Division
(530) 257-2181, ext. 4470

This project involved a vocational trades program in our Level III facility. The instructor was looking for a project to challenge his advanced students. He felt that building a sailboat would offer an array of challenges to his students. We entered into an agreement with an organization named Lassen Family Services, Inc. (LFS). LFS is the region's primary organization for domestic violence prevention/victim shelter, sexual assault/rape counseling, court-appointed special advocates (CASA), child abuse prevention, and suicide crisis hotline.

The agreement called for LFS to provide all materials for the project. The vocational shop, under the direction of Steve Dandridge, Vocational Instructor, obtained engineered plans for the sailboat and started the project. The sailboat took nearly a year to complete. During the year, LFS obtained a used boat trailer, and other vocational shops took on the project of cleaning up the trailer (mostly painting).

After the boat was completed, LFS accepted donations for chances at winning the boat. They took the boat to a number of boat shows in California, and raised $12,000 after expenses (which were only a few thousand dollars). This money eventually contributed to LFS's ability to purchase a permanent domestic violence shelter in Susanville.

The inmate students were given a wonderful opportunity to more fully develop their carpentry skills at no additional expense to the State, and LFS eventually obtained a permanent domestic violence as a result of the project.

Voca Letter


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