Numerous CDCR employees and institutions were recently recognized for their fundraiser efforts for the Special Olympics of Northern California.
Monday, February 27, 2017
It isn’t easy to connect with your child when you spend each day inside O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility and 18-year-old Marquise Timmons lost that privilege upon incarceration. “At times I feel like I’m letting her down,” Timmons said, referring to his 3-year-old daughter. Through the power of reading, O.H. Close staff and the Father2Child Literacy Project are bridging the communication gap between father and child." Continue Reading
CDCR takes leadership seriously which is why the department has taken aim at training and grooming future leaders. Four key leadership training classes have been launched by Peace Officer Selection and Employee Development (POSED). Some are geared toward supervisors while others focus on managers and executives.
California Correctional Institution staff are raising funds to benefit the family of a Delaware fallen correctional sergeant who lost his life in the line of duty.
Last month, I briefed you on the significant changes coming with the approval by voters of Proposition 57. I’d like to thank staff – both at Headquarters and in the field − for their hard work in developing regulations, modifying our IT systems, developing complex training programs, and helping set and meet an aggressive schedule to roll out this landmark reform. All this work will materialize in the coming months and will positively impact everybody at CDCR, both staff and inmates. A fundamental element of Proposition 57 is the realization that we are in the best position to know how individual inmates are programming and whether they are showing sustained positive behavior. Proposition 57 is a common sense reform that brings us closer to the days of indeterminate sentencing by placing the responsibility on the inmate to remain disciplinary free and to be actively programming.
CDCR is leading the way in using innovative programs to support offender reentry, and this fall the federal government recognized that fact.
The CDCR Surplus Warehouse is run by Office of Business Services staff, which stocks desirable furniture that is often utilized by CDCR facilities, programs, institutions and offices. If CDCR programs are in need and aware of the surplus furniture available, it can result in a reduction of purchasing cost and environmental impact through the reutilization of existing furniture.
What should have been a normal commute home for San Quentin Correctional Officer Joel Herrera rapidly turned into a life-and-death situation for a young boy.
The Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) has evolved since its inception more than a century ago when the original parole law was passed in 1893. The board’s logo is no different. This year, they unveiled a new logo to highlight its modern-day approach.
San Quentin Correctional Officer Mike Begley is quick with a smile and a firm handshake. He’s worked at California’s oldest prison since 1989. For all but two years of his 28-year career, his workplace has been death row. “There are a lot of new people here at San Quentin. … In the last few years, a lot of people have retired. Makes me wonder what I’m still doing here,” he said, cracking a smile.
In 2002, the departmental newsletter published this piece on Correctional Officer Mike Begley in his role as second watch desk officer at San Quentin State Prison’s East Block, one of three housing units for condemned inmates. At the time, Officer Begley was a 14-year San Quentin veteran.