Final Proposition 57 regulations approved

The Proposition 57 regulations were approved for permanent adoption by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday, May 1. This was the last step in codifying the regulations, which were implemented gradually last year after being approved on a temporary emergency status in April 2017.

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Unlocking History: State creates new agency for young offenders, part 4

Institutions for young offenders sparked the need for more oversight, resulting in the creation of the California Youth Authority, which eventually became the Division of Juvenile Justice. When females were just breaking through barriers to become correctional officers in male prisons, a woman was named to head the youth authority in 1976. It’s believed she was the first woman in the nation to lead a statewide prison system. The is the fourth and final part in the series.

DAPO agents, sheriff deputies help kids learn life skills

On April 21, professional football players along with the Invictus Foundation held a free community event called “Pro Players Day”at Sacramento City College. Professional players along with Invictus staff and community leaders teach kids ages 5-14 through fundamental football drills, imparting life lessons on character, the impact of choices and how to be a champion in football, academics and life. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Youth Gang Diversion Program, along with Division of Adult Parole Operations Sacramento Parole, provided security and ensured a safe educational experience for the kids participating in the program.

CTF pilots new self-help program

Two Rabbis, 20 inmates, an Associate Warden and a Community Resource Manager (CRM) walk into a chapel … but this is not the beginning of a bad joke. This was the graduation ceremony for Correctional Training Facility (CTF) Soledad’s newest self-help group, Choices for Life.

CDCR, CCHCS staff take kids to work

Across the state, CDCR and CCHCS staff introduced their children to their places of work in recognition of Take Your Child to Work Day. Highlights of the events included Avenal’s Crisis Response Team taking out a costumed super-villain and CIW getting intergalactic help from a galaxy far, far away. There were K-9 demonstrations, “cell” searches and target practice with fire hoses.

Record number of female offenders receive job certifications at CIW

The California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) held its largest graduation in Southern California at the California Institution for Women (CIW) on April 10. Family members, community leaders and union representatives cheered on 70 women who graduated with job certifications.

CSP-Corcoran inmates show at-risk youth where poor choices lead

On Tuesday, April 10, California State Prison-Corcoran hosted a group of at-risk youth from Citrus Continuation High School in Porterville as part of their continuing Rehabilitating, Educating and Creating Hope (REACH) Program.  The Youth were met at the front gate by REACH Sponsors made up of CSP-Corcoran correctional staff.  On this day their immersion into a day in the life of an inmate began.  Upon being instructed of institution policies, including the no hostage policy, the young men traded in their personal attire for bright green prison jumpsuits and were escorted to Facility 3B. 

Unlocking History: Whittier, Preston youth reform schools open doors, part 3

With the closure of the two previous reform schools in San Francisco and Marysville, the state established two new schools using what were considered modern approaches at the time. One school was opened in the southern part of the state and the other in the north. In this installment of the evolution of the state’s efforts to reform young offenders, Inside CDCR takes a closer look at those schools and their incarcerated wards.