Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. delivered opening remarks at the San Diego Employer Forum where state and local leaders discussed the benefits of hiring trained former offenders. The Employer Forum was hosted by CDCR and the California Prison Industry Authority, in partnership with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego County Probation Department, California Workforce Development Board, San Diego Workforce Partnership and Second Chance.
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.
When there was a call for help from a state employee trapped in Norway, a Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) medical professional answered.
During National Suicide Prevention week, September 10-16, 2017, you can learn to help those struggling with emotional pain or suicidal thoughts by taking five minutes to get involved and become informed; becoming part of a worldwide movement to save lives. CDCR is committed to provide support, intervention, and resources for all employees.
Recognizing the benefits of theater for all people, the Actors’ Gang will soon offer a pilot program for CDCR correctional officers. The Actors’ Gang Correctional Officer Experience will be held over two days in Corona, where professional actors will work with officers in a first-of-its-kind program developed for correctional officers. The voluntary class is designed for California’s sworn correctional peace officers, with an emphasis on line officers, and is offered in partnership with the Actors’ Gang, California Endowment and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association.
Inmates at California Correctional Institution (CCI) recently produced Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and while plays in prisons are nothing new, this play was unique. In most institutions, plays are brought in by outside volunteers with no mental health experience. Seeing a chance to make a difference, CCI’s Mental Health Department, under Chief William Walsh, has begun a pilot program integrating the life-skills benefits of drama with the expertise of a mental health clinician.