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September 26, 2007

  

PRESS RELEASE:

FROM A MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON TO SHANGHAI CHINA Ė PRISONERS SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS THROUGH DONATION OF STUNNING ARTWORK

Artists Serving Humanity (ASH), a group of maximum-security prisoners in the Honor Program at California State Prison - Los Angeles County (CSP-LAC), has donated beautiful paintings in support of the Special Olympics.  The paintings will be auctioned at the California Technology Fair at CeBIT Asia, scheduled for October 10 - 13 in Shanghai, China.  The timing of the auction coincides with the World Summer Games of the Special Olympics, which will also be held in Shanghai from October 2 - 11.  All proceeds from the auction of the ASH artwork will benefit the Special Olympics.

ASH members have raised thousands of dollars for California charitable organizations over the past seven years; past beneficiaries have included the Valley Oasis Domestic Violence Shelter, Royal Childrenís Camps for abused children, US Marine Corps Toys for Tots, and the Archdiocese of Pasadena.  While the event at the California Technology Fair marks the first time ASH artwork will be auctioned internationally, ASH will continue its focus on assisting California charities.  The next event supported by ASH is The Catalyst Foundationís Third Annual Art and Gourmet Show, scheduled for October 20th at Le Chene French Cuisine Restaurant, 12625 Sierra Highway, Agua Dulce, CA.   Senator Gloria Romero will be honored at this special event with the 2007 Catalyst Foundation Humanitarian Award, in recognition of her efforts to create positive transformational change within the California prison system.  Local elected officials will also be recognized.

Catalyst, a nonprofit organization based in Lancaster CA, provides medical care and supportive services to low-income, uninsured, and homeless persons, as well as innovative health education programs with a special focus on incarcerated youth and adults.  Catalystís pioneering national Creating a Healing Society program addresses unhealed human emotional pain and trauma as the root cause of our most serious societal problems, such as violence, crime, child abuse, and drug addiction.

ASH members are deeply committed to their craft because it is the medium through which they give back to society.  This unprecedented dedication to helping others and to good works, by maximum security prisoners, is only possible because of the Honor Program. Founded in 2000 by prisoners and supportive staff, the Honor Program is housed on Facility-A at CSP-LAC, a Level IV maximum security yard.  Prisoners must apply to participate in the program, and are accepted only if they meet specific criteria.  They must make a voluntary signed commitment to abstain from violence, gang involvement, drugs/alcohol, and racism; they must be willing to live, work, and program with prisoners of any race, and they agree to random drug testing.  

In its first year of operation, weapons offenses on A Yard were reduced by 88% and violent incidents by 85%.  Over the past seven years, the Honor Program has functioned with tremendously reduced levels of violence and disorder, sometimes going months without a single disciplinary report, a situation unheard of in a maximum-security Level IV yard in any California prison.  The program saved the California taxpayers over $205,000 in its first year alone, through reduction in staff time required for the administrative processing of violent and disruptive incidents.  It is likely that, during its existence, the Honor Program has saved the state of California hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars.

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