Hector Ortiz, the Offender Workforce Development Specialist from the Washington State Department of Corrections, Correctional Industries, sent me the following letter. This link to the original PDF shows inmates that signed the letter.
Dear Mr. Santos:
I’m writing on behalf of the students that are currently participating in the initial class of the “Straight-A Guide” at Stafford Creek Corrections Center. We are scheduled to complete the program on December 31, 2015.
The class has expressed a strong desire to formally invite you to the graduation ceremony that will be taking place at the facility on January 15, 2015. Most of the current participants were present when you visited the site in January of 2014 and feel it is important that you witness the first cycle of what you envisioned as well as provide an opportunity for them to personally thank you for the profound effect that the program has had in their lives.
We would be honored by your presence and would love to share some of the realizations that we have come to by participating in this program.
Hector Ortiz (DOC)
Offender Workforce Development Specialist
(Signed by several inmate participants)