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.
A Father’s Day trip turned into a rescue mission for a Mule Creek State Prison case records technician and his son. Thomas Haeseker was enjoying his special day with his family on vacation and taking wilderness training with his young son, Hunter, when things quickly went downhill.
A popular TV game show in 1958 featured a prison warden as one of the contestants – San Quentin Warden Fred R. Dickson. He had a long career in corrections, eventually being appointed to run what was then known as the Adult Authority.
On a warm Friday morning in Sacramento, the Law Enforcement Torch Run ended on the north steps of the State Capitol. Numerous Special Olympics athletes, law enforcement personnel and CDCR staff were on hand for the brief ceremony.
A CDCR-produced 2009 video highlights the first graduating class of the Offender Mentor Certification Program at California State Prison, Solano. The video also documents a visit from actor Martin Sheen.
In the latest First Watch installment, Wasco State Prison employees went red for charity, a Boy Scout took his Eagle Scout project to two fire camps, Pleasant Valley State Prison employees helped students with college expenses and students learned about parole agents during career day.
Ironwood State Prison (ISP) Warden Neil McDowell and Marlene Sanchez, President of ISP’s Employee Association (EA), presented Palo Verde High School seniors with $5,500 dollars in scholarship awards on May 25.
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.
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.
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.