On May 1, 2017, the first phase of the historic Proposition 57 regulations will begin. On that date, all inmates, with the exception of the condemned and those serving life without parole, will begin earning good-conduct credit. Allowing inmates to earn credits towards parole suitability or earlier release gives them hope where previously they had none. The responsibility for earning credits is solidly placed on the individual inmate. The remaining phases of Proposition 57 will be implemented this summer. While there are many good reasons to make these changes, the most important to me is the enhancement to the safety of our staff and the citizens of California.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The May 1989 edition of Correction News touted the department's first female firefighters at Folsom State Prison. One of the firefighters had been a U.S. Olympic ski team athlete when she was a teenager.Continue Reading
The 17th Annual State Agency Recognition Awards (SARA) presentation was held in Citrus Heights earlier this year. The SARA honors State departments for outstanding achievements in Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SB/DVBE) advocacy and for contracting success. CDCR was recognized for its efforts.
Inmates at Deuel Vocational Institution recently donned caps and gowns to recognize their graduation from various educational, vocational and rehabilitative programs.
Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) are investigating an inmate attack that injured a correctional officer. At around 2:40 p.m., Friday, April 21, a correctional officer was conducting security checks in a housing unit when inmate Pablo Melendez, 37, began aggressively running toward the officer, wielding an inmate-manufactured weapon in each hand. Melendez began assaulting the officer, who immediately used physical force to subdue the attacker.
California Rehabilitation Center’s Service Dog Program trains the dogs to help those with disabilities while also aiding in the rehabilitation of the inmates. The program has been the focus of a documentary as well as newspaper articles. On April 25, the program will celebrate its one-year anniversary.
Central California Women’s Facility staff raised $8,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Chief Nurse Executive Phillip Mallory rode 5 hour and 25 minutes in an annual Fresno century bike ride to raise the funds.
The Tracy American Legion Post held its annual Law and Order dinner recognizing public safety officers and first-responders from local, state and federal law enforcement and fire agencies. Two correctional officers were recognized for heroism.
The Valley State Prison (VSP) Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous Inmate Leisure Time Activity Groups elected to donate $2,033 to James Monroe Elementary School of Madera to assist in the development and implementation of a new e-reader program called myOn, benefiting second- through sixth-grade students.
Victoria Hurd isn’t afraid of the dark. The Fairfield native, emboldened by her remarkable path to recovery from trauma, has become a champion for the crime victim and survivor community. Speaking passionately from a lectern at Fremont Park during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) on April 4, Hurd confronted the details of the horrific 2013 double-murder of her parents as they lay sleeping in her Davis home.
California’s winter rains won’t allow a repeat of the nearly 7,000 fires that scorched Golden State landscapes in 2016, but trials remain for firefighters in CDCR’s 44 conservation camps — also tasked with flood and emergency medical response efforts. The majority of CDCR’s inmate firefighters are adult offenders, but a collection of 57 youthful offenders at the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp (PGYCC) represent the oldest continuously operated fire camp in California. Those young offenders recently went through intense training to earn CPR/first aid certification.