Recent events involving CDCR include parole agents honored in Los Angeles, an ailing former CDCR counselor wanting to hear from co-workers and a combined honor guard helping open a new justice hall.
Parole agents honored by LA Council member Richard Alarcón
By Maria Franco / Region III Regional Administrator
On July 24, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcón honored Parole Agents Lupe Sanchez and Cherie Ware for their unrelenting commitment to public safety for the residents of Los Angeles.
They were recognized during the National Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week. Both have distinguished careers.
 In 1993, Agent Sanchez began his career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as a correctional officer at North Kern State Prison. In 1996, he was assigned to the Investigative Services Unit there.
He transferred to the parole division in 1998 as a Parole Agent I for the Silverlake No. 1 Parole Unit in the Inner City Parole District in downtown Los Angeles.
He was promoted to Parole Agent II in 2004 with the Police and Corrections Team (PACT) in the San Gabriel Valley District.  Agent Sanchez was instrumental in the development of the re-integration academy in 2009 and 2012 at Cal Poly, Pomona.
Since 2009, Agent Sanchez has been assigned to the California Parole Apprehension Team (CPAT) Los Angeles as Parole Agent II supervisor.
Agent Sanchez was also a key player in the development and implementation of Operation Disarm and Operation Guardian in Los Angeles County.
In 1989, Agent Ware began her career with the California Youth Authority as a youth correctional counselor at the Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility. She was assigned to the “boot camp” program there and was a member of the Tactical Team.
In 1996, Agent Ware was promoted to a senior youth correctional counselor at the facility. She was in charge of the daily operations of the living unit, as well as overseeing the casework needs of the youthful offenders assigned to her living unit.
In 2001, Agent Ware was promoted to a Parole Agent II, specialist in the Gang Apprehension Unit with Juvenile Parole.  From 2004 to 2006, she was with the Office of Victim Services as a Parole Agent II, specialist.
In 2006, she returned to Juvenile Parole as a Parole Agent II, specialist, and was assigned to the South Coast Parole Office.  Agent Ware continues to work with juvenile parolees and is assigned to the LA Watts Juvenile Parole Unit as a Parole Agent II, specialist, supervising a sex-offender caseload.
Agent Ware takes the extra step to build partnerships between community-based programs and the department. She shows initiative in developing new ideas and methods of getting parolees involved with their communities in positive ways.
Ailing former CDCR counselor would appreciate hearing from staff
By OPEC Staff
Sandra Harp, a longtime counselor at Youth Authority in Chino until 1990, has moved into an assisted-living facility due to declining health, a family member said.
She respectfully asks for no visitors, but would greatly enjoy hearing from friends and former co-workers who would like to send her a note.
Her mailing address is: 275 Garnet Way #202, Upland, CA  91786
HDSP, CCC combined honor guard participates in justice hall opening
The grand opening of the Lassen Hall of Justice was conducted August 3 in Susanville, The High Desert State Prison (HDSP) and California Correctional Center (CCC) combined Honor Guard was chosen to present the colors for the ceremony.
From left are Sgt. Greg Crowe (HDSP), Warden Ron Barnes (HDSP), Sgt. Dan Qualls (HDSP), Officer Adam Skillen (CCC), Officer Dan Eckelbarger (HDSP), Officer Ben Koller (HDSP), and Warden Bob Gower (CCC).