Rehabilitative arts programs expand to all state prisons

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.

When seconds count: Parole agents learn to save lives under fire

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.

CDCR institutions across state get behind Special Olympics

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.

Chuckawalla Valley State Prison graduates 76 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.