Learn to help those who struggle during National Suicide Prevention Week

Learn to help those who struggle during National Suicide Prevention Week

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.

Actors’ Gang, CCPOA shine light on officer wellness

Actors’ Gang, CCPOA shine light on officer wellness

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.

CCI mental health staff launch drama therapy pilot program

CCI mental health staff launch drama therapy pilot program

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.

Unlocking History: Offender rehabilitation involves mental and physical work, part 3

Unlocking History: Offender rehabilitation involves mental and physical work, part 3

The state’s transition from horse-drawn wagons to automobiles required roads through mountainous terrain. As an experiment, low-level inmates were sent to honor camps to help construct those highways. Later, the road camps were turned into firefighting camps with many still in use today. Early on, education for inmates was seen as a major stepping stone to leading a productive life post-release. Programs to help inmates earn diplomas, degrees and certificates were gradually added to the prison system. This is the third part in a series delving deeper in the department’s efforts to rehabilitate offenders.