On Sept. 5, all seven dogs trained by inmates at CSP-Corcoran passed their American Kennel Club canine good citizen test with flying colors, according to organizers of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue. “I’m so glad we were able to see this round through to the finish,” said Facility Capt. Bonita Weaver.read more
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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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 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.
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.
Recently, the Crime Victims’ Assistance Network recognized the state office responsible for giving a voice to crime victims and their families: the Office of Victims and Survivor Rights & Services.
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.
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?”
California Medical Facility has donated $4,600.90 from inmate food sales and multiple bicycles to the Community Action North Bay organization, which focuses on homeless prevention.
Approximately 60 motorcycle enthusiasts from at least five different CDCR institutions thundered through California’s Central Coast Wine Country on Sept. 16 to help shed light on suicide.
Perhaps it’s his nature, or perhaps it’s his experience as chair of the Board of Juvenile Hearings, but either way, recently-appointed Director of the Division of Juvenile Justice, Chuck Supple, has a knack for spotting potential.