Numerous CDCR employees and institutions were recently recognized for their fundraiser efforts for the Special Olympics of Northern California.
What should have been a normal commute home for San Quentin Correctional Officer Joel Herrera rapidly turned into a life-and-death situation for a young boy.
San Quentin Correctional Officer Mike Begley is quick with a smile and a firm handshake. He’s worked at California’s oldest prison since 1989. For all but two years of his 28-year career, his workplace has been death row. “There are a lot of new people here at San Quentin. … In the last few years, a lot of people have retired. Makes me wonder what I’m still doing here,” he said, cracking a smile.
The room was packed with people looking to learn more about proper nutrition during a recent Wellness Workshop hosted by CDCR’s Employee Health and Wellness. A representative from Kaiser Permanente discussed the benefits of healthy eating and easy ways to help you succeed.
With little information at hand, unedited film clips of inmates and staff performing gave no indication of when the film was shot or by whom. There was no audio in the film. After searching, it turns out to be from the 1942 movie “The Men of San Quentin.”
An off-duty correctional officer’s fishing trip at Folsom Lake ended up turning into a rescue operation when he came across a man stranded on a small island in Folsom Lake.
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.