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Pictured are Vincent Tarantella, Activities Specialist; Clint Youngfleish, Unit Manager; Mary Natoli, Commander; DA Shaw and Chief Deputy Sheriff Mike Churner.

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that inmates from the Quehanna Boot Camp recently donated a painting in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Shaw reported that inmates at the Boot Camp competed in a painting contest that focused on the theme of strength, resilience, and justice.  The winning painting was selected by staff members at the Boot Camp and donated for permanent display at the Courthouse. 

Chief Deputy Sheriff Mike Churner, who served as the Security Lieutenant for the Boot Camp for ten years and retired as a Captain from the Department of Corrections, said that “this painting reflects the efforts of the Quehanna Boot Camp to encourage inmates to recognize the harm they have done not only to crime victims, but also to themselves and their families.”  Churner said that “enabling inmates to take responsibility for their actions is a critical step toward rehabilitation.”  The goal of the Quehanna Boot Camp is to motivate offenders to prevent further criminal conduct and this painting goes a long way toward achieving that goal, Churner said.

Shaw stated that the inmates have clearly given this painting some thought.  Represented in the painting are fire, wings, and a scale.  The fire represents strength: Intensity, power of resisting attacks.  The wings represent resilience: Possessing power of recovery.  The Scale represents justice:  Quality of being just, rectitude and integrity.

Shaw thanked Quehanna Boot Camp Commander, Mary Natoli, for encouraging inmates to participate in such a meaningful contest that promotes rehabilitation. 

Shaw noted that the painting will be displayed in the Office of Victim Witness Advocate and encouraged the community to stop in and see this very meaningful work of art.

Pictured are from left to right are Vincent Tarantella, Activities Specialist; Clint Youngfleish, Unit Manager; Mary Natoli, Superintendent/Commander; District Attorney Shaw; and Chief Deputy Sheriff Mike Churner.

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