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.
A 1988 edition of Correction News published a story on a Folsom State Prison correctional officer who was killed after trying to stop a robbery. He succumbed to his injuries nine days after the attack.
A popular TV game show in 1958 featured a prison warden as one of the contestants – San Quentin Warden Fred R. Dickson. He had a long career in corrections, eventually being appointed to run what was then known as the Adult Authority.
A CDCR-produced 2009 video highlights the first graduating class of the Offender Mentor Certification Program at California State Prison, Solano. The video also documents a visit from actor Martin Sheen.
In 1989, Correction News published a Director’s Message by James Rowland in which he focused on women working in the department.
The May 1989 edition of Correction News touted the department’s first female firefighters at Folsom State Prison. One of the firefighters had been a U.S. Olympic ski team athlete when she was a teenager.
In 1930, San Quentin Warden James B. Holohan voiced his appreciation for the cooperation and support of those who volunteered their time and energy into an event to held rehabilitate inmates.
This 1921 Folsom Prison inspection report, penned by Agent A.C. Jensen, contained photographs of the prison, included three recommendations and gives a snapshot in time. The report includes a typical menu which included such offerings as cinnamon snails, stewed ranch prunes and corn meal mush.
This 1967-68 departmental Progress Report outlined numerous shifts in managing the state’s prison system including a new family visiting program and challenges in filling conservation camps. At the time, the department operated 13 institutions and 34 conservation camps.
The department’s biennial report dated 1959-1960 outlined the new facility coming online at California Men’s Colony. This document provides a snapshot of the institution in 1960 and its vision for the future.