SOURCE: Center for Restorative Justice Works

Center for Restorative Justice Works

April 25, 2016 09:00 ET

Get On The Bus Marks 16th Year Uniting Children With Fathers in Prison

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - April 25, 2016) - The Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW) will kick off the 16th anniversary of its flagship program Get On The Bus, reuniting hundreds of children with their incarcerated fathers to celebrate Father's Day 2016.

Over 600 children and their caregivers will board 24 buses for Father's Day celebrations. The children and their caregivers will visit the following prisons:

  • Valley State Prison for Men, Chowchilla - Friday, May 6
  • California Men's Colony, San Luis Obispo - Saturday, May 14
  • Correctional Training Facility, Soledad - Saturday, June 11
  • Salinas Valley State Prison, Soledad - Saturday, June 11
  • San Quentin State Prison - Friday, June 17
  • Folsom State Prison, Sacramento - Saturday, June 25
  • California State Prison, Sacramento - Saturday, June 25

According to CRJW Founder Sister Suzanne Jabro, Get On The Bus assists children "to see, touch, and speak" to their incarcerated fathers. "These children did nothing wrong. They just want to be held and loved by their fathers, and they need to know they are safe." Jabro added, "We have a responsibility to bring these families together. A child needs to see his or her reflection in a father's eyes."

CRJW provides free transportation for the children and caregivers, travel and comfort bags for the long bus rides, a family photograph for each mother and child, and meals for the day. On the return trip, children are offered post-event counseling and receive teddy bears with personalized letters from their fathers. 

Buses for the Father's Day events will originate in San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties, the Central Valley, Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco, and Santa Rosa.

Get On The Bus is funded by donations from individuals, churches, schools, businesses, foundation grants, and civic organizations.

Highlights of the 2016 events may be viewed at www.getonthebus.us

To enhance public awareness of Get On The Bus, the media is invited to cover Father's Day events during May, and June.  Press credentials and gate clearances are required and may be obtained by contacting Lt. Monica Ayon (Monica.Ayon@cdcr.ca.gov) for California Men's Colony, Lt. Roland Ramon (Rolan.Ramon@cdcr.ca.gov) for Correctional Training Facility, Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos (Eduardo.Mazariegos@cdcr.ca.gov) , for Salinas Valley, Lt. Sam Robinson Samuel.Robinson2@cdcr.ca.gov for San Quentin, Lt. Joseph Tuggle Joseph.Tuggle@cdcr.ca.gov for Folsom State Prison and California State Prison Sacramento. 

For information about covering local events or to ride buses, please contact Amalia Molina Cortina (amalia@crjw.us).

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Amalia Molina Cortina
    Executive Director
    amalia@crjw.us 
    Phone: 818-980-7714