Youthful offenders record stories for their children at Stockton youth correctional facility

It isn’t easy to connect with your child when you spend each day inside O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility and 18-year-old Marquise Timmons lost that privilege upon incarceration. “At times I feel like I’m letting her down,” Timmons said, referring to his 3-year-old daughter. Through the power of reading, O.H. Close staff and the Father2Child Literacy Project are bridging the communication gap between father and child.”

CDCR surplus warehouse helps curb department’s furniture costs

The CDCR Surplus Warehouse is run by Office of Business Services staff, which stocks desirable furniture that is often utilized by CDCR facilities, programs, institutions and offices. If CDCR programs are in need and aware of the surplus furniture available, it can result in a reduction of purchasing cost and environmental impact through the reutilization of existing furniture.

Well on their way: Reentry program participants earn praise from judge

Court Commissions Leonard Goldkind volunteers his time on a regular basis to evaluate the files of participants in the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP), a reentry program that allows eligible offenders to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community program in lieu of state prison. While at MCRP, participants take place in an immersive rehabilitative curriculum focused on successful reentry, from anger management and criminal thinking classes to resume-building workshops and job-search skills.