CDCR’s chairperson for the Our Promise campaign was busy overseeing the setup for the kick-off event at the department headquarters as charitable organizations set up displays and tables. With 2017 marking the 60th year for the state employee charitable giving campaign, there were many reasons to celebrate.
The arts have played a role in the rehabilitation of offenders. From painting to acting, inmates have turned around their lives, becoming productive citizens after release from prison. Even the violence of the 1970s didn’t stop the state from trying to achieve this goal. This is the fourth part in a series delving deeper into the department’s rehabilitative efforts.
The state’s transition from horse-drawn wagons to automobiles required roads through mountainous terrain. As an experiment, low-level inmates were sent to honor camps to help construct those highways. Later, the road camps were turned into firefighting camps with many still in use today. Early on, education for inmates was seen as a major stepping stone to leading a productive life post-release. Programs to help inmates earn diplomas, degrees and certificates were gradually added to the prison system. This is the third part in a series delving deeper in the department’s efforts to rehabilitate offenders.
The first parole agents to graduate a revamped rehabilitation-focused 10-week academy will be taking up their new duties, and they say they are ready for the challenge.
In 1944, the reorganization of the state corrections department put the emphasis on rehabilitation. New institutions adopted the rehabilitation mission. This is the second part of a series taking a closer look at the evolution of rehabilitative methods in the department.