Inmate-trained service dog now helping end-of-life patients

A service dog trained by two inmates in the Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles & Creating Hope (POOCH) program at R.J. Donovan State Correctional Facility is now helping patients who are at the end of the their lives. Since graduating from the prison program, Stevie comforts patients who receive Symptom management care at Hospice of the North Coast’s (HNC) Pacifica House.

RJD honors institution’s staff who are veterans

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) staff, the local California Correctional Peace Officers Association Chapter, and USE Credit Union recently raised funds to commission a plaque at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. The plaque honored more than 130 armed services veterans who currently work at RJDCF.