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 is leading the way in using innovative programs to support offender reentry, and this fall the federal government recognized that fact.
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.
Erosion and flooding along emergency spillways near the Oroville Dam forced mass evacuations Sunday, Feb. 12, and 234 inmate firefighters from 19 crews in 10 CDCR/CAL FIRE camps have responded to the crisis.
Harsh light from the afternoon sun flooded through tall windows at the Valley State Prison (VSP) gymnasium as psychologist Heather Bowlds, the deputy director of the Division of Juvenile Justice, gave her final lesson on the development of the adolescent brain.
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.
In keeping with CDCR’s increased focus on restorative justice opportunities, inmates at High Desert State Prison A Yard raised $1,443.20 to be donated to the non-profit division of the Getting Out by Going In (GOGI) program.
A donation of new musical instruments will help Arts-in-Corrections rehabilitative efforts at California Rehabilitation Center.
Angela Kent has a contagious enthusiasm for Community Reentry Services, but the Assistant Regional Administrator (A), Northern Region, seems to literally beam when she talks about the Division of Adult Parole Operations’ (DAPO) running team, “Baker to Vegas Team #150” and its unusual fundraiser.
A ceremony at California State Prison-Los Angeles County acknowledge the hard work of inmates to receive their dog-training certifications in the rehabilitative Paws for Life program.