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CDCR staff steps up for Proposition 57

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.

Officer injured in inmate attack at California State Prison-Sacramento

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.

Survivor reminds: ‘There is always light’ at CDCR’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week event

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.

57 youth firefighters earn CPR/first aid certifications at Pine Grove YCC

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.