Warden M. Eliot Spearman recently presented Lassen Family Services with a donation of $3,828.30. This donation is from the High Desert State Prison (HDSP) Charitable Fund, which is generated from offender fundraising activities throughout the year.
The California Arts Council (CAC) has awarded new contracts to 12 arts organizations providing rehabilitative services to California inmates through Arts in Corrections (AIC). Through a partnership of CAC and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), arts programming now reaches all 35 state adult correctional institutions – a significant increase from the 20 institutions served by the program in the previous fiscal year.
Nineteen parole agents from the California Parole Apprehension Team (CPAT) and Division Training Unit (DTU) attended a four-day Combat Lifesaver course the week of May 22. The course, hosted by the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Garden Grove, was taught by current and former U.S. Army medical personnel and CPAT agents who are licensed Emergency Medical Technicians.
More than 160 inmates from the Sierra Conservation Center banded together to provide an Olympic-style event to the community in which they reside. Calipatria, inmates held a fundraiser and donated over $12,000 to Special Olympics. Kern Valley State Prison donated $13,500 from food sales. Meanwhile, CTF, SVSP, DVI and other institutions carried the torch.
Ralph Diaz, CDCR Undersecretary of Operations, recently visited the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility/California State Prison, Corcoran (SATF/CSP-COR), as part of his ongoing effort to see institutions statewide first-hand and make himself available to staff and inmates.
On June 7, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison held a commencement ceremony for the inmate students of the Chuckawalla Valley Adult School. Graduates’ families, staff and instructors attended the ceremony to show support. Palo Verde College and representatives from universities were also in attendance.
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.
Officials at Pleasant Valley Prison are investigating a staff assault that sent two correctional officers to local hospitals.
The Women Working in Corrections and Juvenile Justice national conference will be held October 14-17, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency, 1209 L Street in Sacramento. The conference will be hosted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation.
Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Suzanne Peery warden at the California Correctional Center (CCC), where she has been acting warden since 2016.