CDCR Time Capsule (videos) 1960-64: Newsreels highlight early rehabilitative art programs at San Quentin

Using art as a tool for rehabilitation inside prison has been around for decades with the practice’s popularity fluctuating, depending on the decade. The British Pathé YouTube channel features three short newsreels highlighting art shows at San Quentin State Prison in the early 1960s. The British Pathé YouTube channel features three short newsreels highlighting art shows at San Quentin State Prison in the early 1960s. Newsreels typically played before the movies started, much like today’s previews.

Unlocking History: Visionary wardens targeted addiction, worked with communities, part 5

Today’s rehabilitative efforts in the state prison system can be traced back to the early days of the department. More than a century ago, visionary wardens pushed for job training, education and family engagement so former inmates could reintegrate back into society after being released from prison. Like the definition of visionary, these leaders implemented original ideas and planned the future with “imagination or wisdom.” This series takes a closer look at some of these wardens and their contributions to shaping what would become today’s CDCR. This is the fifth part in the series.

Above the Call: Correctional Officer responds to head-on collision to help save child

A correctional officer from a conservation camp ended up putting his training to use to help save a young girl’s life. On April 29, a motorist rushed into Francisquito Conservation Camp to request help after witnessing a horrific accident near the camp. Sgt. Andy Flores called 911 to report to accident while Correctional Officer Gabriel Rodriguez responded to the scene to offer assistance.

Rehabilitation behind the fire line: Support inmates further camp’s mission

More than 320 inmate firefighters from five fire camps on the northern California coast gathered May 16-18 to prepare for the upcoming fire season. When they put their lives on the line fighting fires in the rugged hills and mountains, other inmates will be hard at work supporting their efforts, as they do throughout the year. CDCR staff sees the rehabilitative effects of the camp program not only on the firefighters, but also on those inmates working behind the scene at the camp.