Dusting off a series of undated raw film clips, Inside CDCR found the name of an Academy Award winning special effects cinematographer appearing throughout silent footage of San Quentin. Judging by clues in the film, it appears to have been shot in 1917 or 1918. Another source said clues point to sometime between 1930 and 1933.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones thanked CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs for their efforts to donate toys for families in need over the holidays.
Kellie Kuka, Return to Work Coordinator for CDCR’s Office of Employee Wellness (OEW), helped organize a recent statewide training conference along with co-organizer Rachel Young, also with OEW. This was the first major formal training for the coordinators since 2012. Inside CDCR caught up with Kuka to breakdown the importance of the conference as well as the Return to Work program and what future plans may include.
In CDCR’s archives, a newsreel from January 1942 claims to be the first ever filmed inside San Quentin State Prison. The reel is narrated by then-Warden Clinton Duffy and details some of the day-to-day operations of the prison as well as their willingness to do their part for the war effort. It makes numerous references to the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.
From helping injured county correctional officers and military personnel to serving grub and offering trick-or-treaters some sweet treats, CDCR staff filled the need for good deeds up and down the Golden State.
Kellie Kuka, AGPA, has been recognized as the Human Resources (HR) Excellence Award winner for November 2016. Three others received honorable mentions.
When there is a need to help the community, California state employees open their wallets, check books and pantries to help.
Holidays can be a time of triggers for those grieving the loss of a loved one and can leave their support network confused about ways to help. According to a national speaker on the subject of grief, there are many things the griever and their supporters can do to help survive the holidays.
In the video archives at CDCR headquarters, exterior and interior shots of San Quentin were recently uncovered. While there is no date on the footage, some clues appear throughout such as the cars in the background, the style of dress of those in the film and the lack of a bridge over the bay. The parking lot below the prison is also absent. It took some sleuthing, but the raw footage comes from the 1937 film “San Quentin” and was shot by film pioneer Hans Koenekamp.
In a short film recently uncovered in the archives of CDCR’s video unit, comedian Bob Hope quips about San Quentin and welcomes inmates to a rehabilitative program at the prison. The film appears to be from the 1960s but Hope’s relationship with the prison dates back to 1946.