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CDCR’s Therese Giannelli wins Special Olympics Northern California Volunteer of the Year

Therese Giannelli, Community Resources Manager (CRM) at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC), was named the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Volunteer of the Year for her outstanding work in support of Special Olympics athletes and the Special Olympics community. With the 2017 Sacramento LETR approaching on June 23, Giannelli sat down with InsideCDCR to discuss volunteer work, rehabilitation and life as a CRM.

Still dads: Actor shares story of hope at Valley State Prison

On Father’s Day and all year long, organizations like the Place4Grace are working to ensure families impacted by incarceration stay connected and supported. Through Place4Grace, men incarcerated at Valley State Prison (VSP) were able to hear about the importance of being connected and rehabilitation from an Emmy Award-nominated actor with a powerful story to tell.

Inmate goes from SHU to Level II, earns GED

California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) inmate Tommy Corral successfully completed the GED program and graduated in December 2016. Through hard work on his part using the step-down program, he’s gone from serving time in a security housing unit to a level II institution.

K-9s, officers teach middle school students about good choices

Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) participated in career day at John Muir Middle School in Corcoran on May 10. Staff was joined by other first responders and organizations. PVSP staff spoke with the middle-school students about the work their dogs do in detecting contraband, maintaining security in the prison and the pitfalls of drugs.