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.
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 state’s transition from horse-drawn wagons to automobiles required roads through mountainous terrain. As an experiment, low-level inmates were sent to honor camps to help construct those highways. Later, the road camps were turned into firefighting camps with many still in use today. Early on, education for inmates was seen as a major stepping stone to leading a productive life post-release. Programs to help inmates earn diplomas, degrees and certificates were gradually added to the prison system. This is the third part in a series delving deeper in the department’s efforts to rehabilitate offenders.
The Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) Director Jerry Powers was on hand with the Mayor of Los Angeles for a press conference announcing the placement of 264 formerly incarcerated Angelenos in jobs throughout the city since July 2016. The press conference took place in Downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 8 and was attended by seven former inmates, Council member Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Mayor Garcetti, Director Powers, and Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
In 1944, the reorganization of the state corrections department put the emphasis on rehabilitation. New institutions adopted the rehabilitation mission. This is the second part of a series taking a closer look at the evolution of rehabilitative methods in the department.