In a short film recently uncovered in the archives of CDCR’s video unit, comedian Bob Hope quips about San Quentin and welcomes inmates to a rehabilitative program at the prison. The film appears to be from the 1960s but Hope’s relationship with the prison dates back to 1946.
If not for the heroic efforts of Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) Correctional Officer Cindy Brockway, a 20-year-old Sacramento woman would not be alive today.
The push for rehabilitation is nothing new in CDCR. Around 1950, it was even the subject of a short documentary at San Quentin. CDCR cracks open this video time capsule to revisit the almost seven decades ago.
Inside CDCR unearths this 1987 look at women in corrections. The story was an effort at the time to encourage more women to join the department. Daniel J. McCarthy, the director at the time, said, “I feel anything is available to any employee, regardless of their gender, if they have the proper motivation, background experience and education.”
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.