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Fishing with Fathers at Cedar Creek

June 26, 2019

By Alexandra Barton

DOC Communications

(Alexandra Barton, DOC Communications)

Incarcerated fathers and their families gathered together to celebrate Father’s Day at Cedar Creek Corrections Center. Music and laughter could be heard from all around as approximately fifty inmates and their guests filled the gym. Richard Perry, an incarcerated event participant, said he really enjoys attending family-centered events because of the memories.

“I like the family atmosphere,” Perry said. “I like the feeling of not being in a visiting room confined to a little table. You can spend time with your family and feel like there is less pressure.”

A variety of activities were set up for families to try from games, to crafts, to fishing. The family members took turns casting their reels in hopes of catching the biggest one. Each fish that was caught was cleaned by an incarcerated event volunteer and bagged to take home. All of the activities were donated to the facility by the Hands On Children’s Museum, the Christian Motorcycle Association, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Perry said that the quality time spent together with his family at this event is something he always looks forward to.

“The events are a great thing,” Perry said. “They are good for us and they keep us grounded and keep us out of trouble. Family events are important to me.”

Family focused events like this provide opportunities for incarcerated individuals to create pro-social connections with their loved ones. Family events help the department in its mission to improve public safety and can lead to a smoother reentry into the community.