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Robert A. Barton
Inspector General
Office of the Inspector General
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 220
Sacramento, CA 95834

Dear Mr. Barton:

I am writing this letter in support of the Progressive Programming Facility (PPF) at California State Prison-Los Angeles County in Lancaster.

Thank you for your recent visit to Facility-A, the PPF, in Lancaster. I hope that you will follow-up on the issues discussed at that meeting held with members of The Steering Committee for the Honor Program and other prisoners.

This program, the direct descendant of the Honor Program, has saved the taxpayers of California an enormous amount of money over the many years of its existence. Costs have been reduced tremendously, both through reduced in-prison outlays (incidents, medical expenses, and overtime reduction) and through the harder to measure reduction in costs associated with reducing recidivism.

I urge you to continue to be directly involved in this important and transformative program. The special interests that have run the prison system over the years are, frankly, not interested in saving money or reducing recidivism.

Thank you for your support and assistance.

Sincerely,


Matthew Cate, Secretary
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
1515 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Secretary Cate:

I am writing this letter in support of the Progressive Programming Facility (PPF) at California State Prison-Los Angeles County in Lancaster.

Thank you for your continued support of the Progressive Programming Facility (PPF) in Lancaster.

As you are well aware, the special interests of the prison system have launched a direct assault on the PPF. The only way this worthy program can survive is through enlightened leadership from the highest levels of the Department.

It seems that the on-the-ground managers and supervisors donít fully grasp the concept of modifying behavior through the positive use of individual accountability to promote personal responsibility.

This latest series of events, in which one negatively motivated supervisor was able to virtually dismantle a decadeís worth of productive programming and cripple the administration, is testament to the absolute necessity of your personal and focused attention to ensure success.

Thank you for your support and assistance.

Sincerely,


[These are just a couple of general suggestions to the two most important of the decision-makers involved with CDCR policy and programs. Your own letters, in yourown words, to these two officials are the most effective way to become involved.]


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