S.D. woman honored at White House as “Champion of Change”

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A San Diego woman was honored at the White House Wednesday as a “Champion of Change” for her work helping inmates make the transition out of prison.

According to the White House, the recipients of the “White House Champions of Change for Expanding Fair Chance Opportunities: were selected “for their leadership and tireless work to remove barriers to a second chance for those with a criminal record.”

Samantha Galarneau’s telemarketing business, California Marketing Group, has trained and relied upon federal inmates from the Federal Prison Industries Inc. work program to perform telemarketing functions. The operation has been so successful that a second correctional facility in Tallahassee, Florida was added to the operation.

Both locations employ more than 300 federal inmates. More than 100 formerly incarcerated people have been provided a direct opportunity with CMG and more than 1,000 opportunities have been provided through partnerships and business relationships developed by Galarneau, according to the White House.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Senior Adviser to the President Valerie Jarrett were scheduled to attend the ceremony.

The ceremony is being held in connection with National Reentry Week, which seeks to highlight “the many ways that the Department of Justice and the entire Obama administration is working to tear down the barriers that stand between returning citizens and a meaningful second chance, leading to brighter futures, stronger communities and a more just and equal nation for all,” Lynch said.  

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