Featured Story

CDCR Crisis Response Teams train for multi-agency active-shooter response

Coalinga City Hall served as the staging ground for scenarios to train multiple agencies to deal with an active shooter situation. CDCR Crisis Response Teams from Avenal State Prison, Pleasant Valley State Prison, Kern Valley State Prison, Corcoran State Prison and Wasco State Prison coordinated response training with the Coalinga police department, fire department and emergency medical services. 

Mule Creek inmates learn how crimes rip apart families, communities

In observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) hosted its annual five-day Victim Impact Speakers Panel. The panel was composed of victims and survivors of crime representing various victims’ rights organizations: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Lodi Gang Reduction Intervention Program, Parents of Murdered Children, Operation Care, and the Partnership for Re-entry Program.

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.