CDCR employees at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) recently exceeded last year’s blood donation during the fourth American Red Cross Blood Drive at the facility, Lt. Michael Nilsson, SVSP PIO, reported.

The facility’s In-Service Training Department set up the Nov. 15 blood drive.

Donations were taken from more than 50 staff members from various departments within the institution, including custody, plant operations, medical, inmate records and personnel.

At the last blood drive, staff donated 34 units of blood, which the Red Cross estimated could possibly save 100 lives. This year staff donated 43 units of blood, which could save an estimated129 lives.

The Red Cross estimates each unit is worth $1,000.

Daniel Hiwa, an In-Service office technician, was to fill every available time slot with a staff member willing to donate.

CDCR facilities, employees orchestrate holiday help, events

Monday: Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) personnel will distribute gift cards from Fresh & Easy and Save Mart to the senior citizens that reside at Casa Hernandez, a housing complex for retired agricultural workers.

Nov. 30 – Dec. 1:  Personnel from Chuckawalla Valley and Ironwood State prisons are partnering with Inland Builders Supply Ace Hardware to create Santa’s Workshop for the community.

Dec. 6:  The Victim’s of Violent Crimes will host a Christmas Candlelight Vigil & March at 6 p.m. at the Weber Point Events Center in Stockton.  The youth at Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facilities N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility (NACYCF) and O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility (OHCYCF) in Stockton have made ornaments for the families to place on the Christmas tree in remembrance of their loved ones.  Families may choose an ornament or bring their own to hang on the tree.

Dec. 14: Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) personnel will distribute Christmas gift cards from K-Mart to the students of Pond Union School District.

Dec. 18: Letters from Santa Project –Youth from N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility (NACYCF) and O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility (OHCYCF) will answer letters to Santa Claus written by children. Incentive Level A youth will participate in this holiday activity, which will provide opportunities for the youth to earn restorative justice credits.

Dec. 20: Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) personnel will distribute Christmas gifts to the children of Cesar Chavez Preschool.

Comings & Goings

Deborah Hoffman, 46, of Sacramento has been appointed assistant secretary of public and employee communication at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Hoffman has been Assistant Secretary of Communications at the California Environmental Protection Agency since 2011. She was communications director for state Sen. Fran Pavley from 2009 to 2011 and a news reporter at KXTV ABC Sacramento from 1995 to 2009 and at KRNV NBC Reno from 1993 to 1995. This position does not require Senate confirmation.

Obituaries

Bill Flatter

The California Correctional Center (CCC) reported that retired Correctional Administrator Bill Flatter died Nov. 12.

Mr. Flatter started his state career in March 1975 at the Preston School of Industry as a Vocations Instructor, Welding.  In July 1979, he moved to Siera Conservation Center as the Supervisor of Vocational Instruction. He later was promoted to the rank of captain at the California Correctional Institution (CCI.)

In January 1986, Mr. Flatter transferred to CCC, where he was promoted to correctional administrator in May 1988.

He retired on June 29, 1997, with 22 years of state service. He is survived by his wife, Sherry, and adult children.

Ray Martinez

Retired Correctional Officer Ray Martinez died Nov. 9.

He began his career with the Department of Corrections at Folsom State Prison (FSP) on Aug 29, 1976.

Mr. Martinez retired Dec. 23, 2008, after 32 years of service. He served in the Vietnam and Gulf wars, and was in the 270th Military Police Unit of the National Guard.