Perhaps it’s his nature, or perhaps it’s his experience as chair of the Board of Juvenile Hearings, but either way, recently-appointed Director of the Division of Juvenile Justice, Chuck Supple, has a knack for spotting potential.
Before he departed CDCR via retirement last month, Division of Juvenile Justice Director Tony Lucero discussed his insight into the department’s mission to provide opportunities for growth and change by identifying and responding to the unique needs of youth.
Youthful offenders at Valley State Prison (VSP) received the ultimate pep talk from a host of eager mentors and guests during the first-ever Youthful Offender Program (YOP) Motivational Tour. Guests and motivational speakers highlighted the positive programming that is ongoing for VSP’s current YOP participants and educated 185 of VSP’s youthful offenders in attendance.
Staff and students alike celebrated the thrill of achievement at a Mary B. Perry High School graduation ceremony inside Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) June 16. In all, 50 youth graduated, 28 with high school diplomas and 22 with General Educational Development (GED) certificates.
Influential staff members of CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) recently gathered in Elk Grove for the fourth annual DJJ Leadership Forum to exchange ideas, discuss greater understanding of incarcerated youth and improve employee wellness.
Off-duty from her job at the Division of Juvenile Justice’s O.H. Close facility, YCC Liza Ledesma was taking part in a circuit course workout at the gym on June 14. That’s when she noticed a man lying on the gym floor with another person rushing to his aid to begin chest compressions.