For many men and women on probation or parole, the transition from incarceration to being law abiding and contributing members of society can be challenging. Many individuals in the criminal justice system struggle to find success. On Aug. 9, nearly 60 people were honored for achieving impressive personal goals and successfully overcoming many challenges as they graduated from the Placer County Re-Entry Program (PREP).
On Sept. 24, 2014, Leanna Moore was sentenced to 10 years in prison for embezzlement and forgery from her employer, a community services district. She has since earned a college degree and is looking forward to the future after she’s released.
CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations promoted 52 people in the Southern Region during the last fiscal year, and those promotions were recognized with a special ceremony inside the Bowers Museum’s Norma Kershaw Auditorium June 28.
Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. delivered opening remarks at the San Diego Employer Forum where state and local leaders discussed the benefits of hiring trained former offenders. The Employer Forum was hosted by CDCR and the California Prison Industry Authority, in partnership with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego County Probation Department, California Workforce Development Board, San Diego Workforce Partnership and Second Chance.
The arts have played a role in the rehabilitation of offenders. From painting to acting, inmates have turned around their lives, becoming productive citizens after release from prison. Even the violence of the 1970s didn’t stop the state from trying to achieve this goal. This is the fourth part in a series delving deeper into the department’s rehabilitative efforts.
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.