Slain Lt. Derrick ‘Bo’ Taylor makes final trip home

Lt. Derrick “Bo” Taylor was murdered by unspeakable evil in the Las Vegas shooting. This is a profound loss to his family, co-workers and all of us at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
At Burbank Airport, a CDCR contingent was waiting for Bo and his family’s flight to arrive.  CDCR staff saluted Bo as he was gently moved from the airplane to the hearse. One of those was Sgt. Todd Wienke, a man who was shot twice trying to rescue others during the shooting. Todd is a hero who represented our Department with distinction.

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CDCR Crisis Response Teams train together for various scenarios

Crisis Response Teams (CRT) from Centinela, Calipatria and Ironwood state prisons along with Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility conducted a joint training exercise at Calipatria State Prison. The teams trained in full mission profile for hostage rescue and active shooter scenarios. The training involved over 60 CRT personnel.

CDCR offers 2 jobs for Clinical Social Workers

CDCR has two openings for Clinical Social Workers at the California Correctional Center in Susanville, one of the least expensive housing-cost areas in California. The salary is from more than $72,000 to more than $100,000 with full state benefits, including a pension that vests in five years.

The salary is from more than $72,000 to more than $100,000 with full state benefits, including a pension that vests in five years.

Decade-long building project makes Folsom Dam safer; CDCR honored for its role

Hundreds of thousands of people in Sacramento are safer now thanks to a massive new flood-control structure at Folsom Dam – and CDCR helped make it happen. The new auxiliary spillway allows for the earlier release of water from Folsom Lake if the reservoir is rising too high. The gates in the spillway are about 50 feet lower than the gates on Folsom Dam. While CDCR did not move dirt or pour concrete for the spillway, we did provide nearby land for a much-needed staging area. For five years, the federal agencies leading the spillway project, and the contractors doing the physical work, used land on the south side of Folsom State Prison for their offices and vehicles.

CDCR helps topple gang leaders in greater Fresno area

Multiple units from CDCR recently participated in a massive takedown of gang leadership in the greater Fresno area. Dubbed “Operation Alpha Dog,” the operation involved law enforcement and prosecutor from the federal, state and county level. 

New DRP director looks to ‘awaken sleeping giants’

A lifelong educator and transformer of organizational cultures has stepped in to lead CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) through a huge philosophical shift in the department. “I guess at heart I’m an academic,” said Dr. Brant Choate, who came to CDCR as OCE director in June 2014 following more than two decades in public and private education. “But I don’t want to be typecast as the education guy, because I’m really more of an organizational behavior guy. How do you take an organization at its current status, whether it’s good or bad, and take it to a higher level?”