CDCR Time Capsule (videos) 1960-64: Newsreels highlight early rehabilitative art programs at San Quentin

Using art as a tool for rehabilitation inside prison has been around for decades with the practice’s popularity fluctuating, depending on the decade. The British Pathé YouTube channel features three short newsreels highlighting art shows at San Quentin State Prison in the early 1960s. The British Pathé YouTube channel features three short newsreels highlighting art shows at San Quentin State Prison in the early 1960s. Newsreels typically played before the movies started, much like today’s previews.

CMF sees first graduates of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program

On June 9, California Medical Facility held the first graduation ceremonies for the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program.  There were two ceremonies. The first featured 29 participants who completed the 90-day Criminal Thinking and Anger Management components. The second included 32 participants completing the 150-day Substance Use Disorder Treatment program. 

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.

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.