Correctional Sergeant seeks liver transplant donors

Avenal State Prison Correctional Sgt. Joel Guerrero was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease, requiring the need for a liver transplant. His coworkers have rallied around him and are seeking help from the rest of the department.

Probationers and parolees celebrate success

For many men and women on probation or parole, the transition from incarceration to being law abiding and contributing members of society can be challenging. Many individuals in the criminal justice system struggle to find success. On Aug. 9, nearly 60 people were honored for achieving impressive personal goals and successfully overcoming many challenges as they graduated from the Placer County Re-Entry Program (PREP).

Avenal, Pleasant Valley prisons provide training to other agencies, schools

Since being appointed, both Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) Warden Scott Frauenheim and Avenal State Prison (ASP) Warden Rosemary Ndoh have made a commitment to reach out to the community. Through mutual aid, they have begun to assist other agencies with public safety, through warrant services, arrest warrants or event security. As part of this philosophy, PVSP and ASP tasked the Crisis Response Team (CRT) to assist the Coalinga and Avenal Police departments and Coalinga School District K-12, to train and educate local law enforcement and educators in the preparation and planning for an active-shooter incident.

CDCR event highlights charities that depend on Our Promise

CDCR’s chairperson for the Our Promise campaign was busy overseeing the setup for the kick-off event at the department headquarters as charitable organizations set up displays and tables. With 2017 marking the 60th year for the state employee charitable giving campaign, there were many reasons to celebrate.

In her own words: Rise, fall and redemption

On Sept. 24, 2014, Leanna Moore was sentenced to 10 years in prison for embezzlement and forgery from her employer, a community services district. She has since earned a college degree and is looking forward to the future after she’s released.

Governor appoints two wardens and Inspector General

 Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointments of two wardens and the Inspector General on Sept. 13. Charles Callahan has been appointed warden at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison. John Garza has been appointed warden at California City Correctional Facility. Roy Wesley has been appointed Inspector General, responsible for overseeing various activities specified in statute at CDCR.

Gov. Brown encourages business owners at CDCR/CALPIA San Diego Employer Forum

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. delivered opening remarks at the San Diego Employer Forum where state and local leaders discussed the benefits of hiring trained former offenders. The Employer Forum was hosted by CDCR and the California Prison Industry Authority, in partnership with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego County Probation Department, California Workforce Development Board, San Diego Workforce Partnership and Second Chance.

Unlocking History: Offender rehabilitation changes attitudes, part 4

The arts have played a role in the rehabilitation of offenders. From painting to acting, inmates have turned around their lives, becoming productive citizens after release from prison. Even the violence of the 1970s didn’t stop the state from trying to achieve this goal. This is the fourth part in a series delving deeper into the department’s rehabilitative efforts.