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Need a Pedicure? Ask These Prisoners!

At one point, Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, California, only housed women. In 2013, however, it became a male prison with a very unique skills training program.


As a women’s prison, Valley State had a cosmetology certification course just like any you would find outside its walls. That program now continues with male inmates and is thriving.

Here, dedicated students work toward professional certification by building service skills that will translate outside the prison walls.


The certificate and license that inmates receive at the end of the curriculum are the same ones given to matriculating cosmetology students on the outside.