Inside CDCR dusts off a story from 1985 focusing on a camp gardening program. The Ishi Garden Center, located at Camp #18 near Paynes Creek, situated within a rustic wilderness and game refuge area bordering beautiful tree-trimmed Plum Creek, is an inmate-operated, department-supervised garden project, producing fine quality and tastefully selected fruit and vegetable crops.
In the latest installment of Time Capsule, Inside CDCR revisits a story highlighting the deaths of sworn correctional peace officers who gave their lives in the 20th century. A monument was unveiled near the end of 1999 listing the names of 28 men and women killed in the line of duty. More names have since been added to the memorial.
David “Dutch” Van Dalsem, a former correctional officer, founded Rent-a-Gang to play bit parts in movies. The organization used parolees and former offenders. Correction News published this piece on the organization in 1991, focusing on former offender Eddie Sanchez.
CDCR Time Capsule cracks open the newsletter from July 1986, when the department published a story on the third annual employee Olympics games.
Calipatria State Prison, the state’s newest Level IV institution, received its first busload of inmates Jan. 2, 1992. The prison’s opening was covered in the departmental newsletter at the time.
The department formally activated California’s 33rd prison, Kern Valley State Prison, on Wednesday, June 15, 2005, with the arrival of the first Level I inmates and a media tour.
The department issued a press release and photos in 1963 detailing an awards ceremony at the California Rehabilitation Center. TV star Robert Young, of “Father Knows Best” fame, served as master of ceremonies.
On Sunday, March 17, 1985, Muhammad Ali, internationally known as the only man to regain the heavyweight boxing title of the world on three different occasions, paid a visit to the California Rehabilitation Center.
Newscam, an early version of Inside CDCR, followed Los Angeles Parole Agent Harvey Watson throughout his day in 1975.
Correction News, a department publication, published a story in 1990 focusing on film stars Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, filming for three days at Folsom State Prison for “Another 48 Hours.”