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CDCR Time Capsule 1970s: Officer training video emphasizes empathy

CDCR Time Capsule 1970s: Officer training video emphasizes empathy

California Medical Facility was given an 8mm film that appears to have been shot in the mid- to late-1970s or possibly the early 1980s. Titled, “The Correctional Officer: Doing Time – Life as an inmate,” the video was a training tool for correctional officers to help improve the relationship between inmates and staff. In the mid-1970s, the corrections department, along with the California Youth Authority, started a training academy for correctional officers. This video was part of those early efforts.

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Secretary’s Corner: CDCR tackling tough issues

I am not sure this organization truly understands the significant achievements it has realized in the last few years. I also fully appreciate that some, both inside and out, may not even view these changes as achievements. These naysayers will focus on the indisputable “bad things” that happen both in the prisons and on parole. These “bad things” have been a part of incarceration in our state since a prison boat was docked in the San Francisco bay in the 1850s. It is even more remarkable that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has persevered throughout this remarkable period of reform of our criminal justice system while still managing the other daily problems we face.

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Office of Business Services seeks information on antique switchboard

CDCR’s Office of Business Services (OBS) is seeking any information related to a technological relic they believe once served to connect Folsom State Prison to the outside world. Received in 2007, an antique telephone switchboard sits on the second floor of OBS. Covered in notes, the OBS staff is asking questions. How old is it? When was it in service? Did it actually come from Folsom Prison? OBS reached out to Inside CDCR to see what information could be gleaned from the clues on the device. The manufacturer’s mark is Western Electric but there is no manufacturing date.

COMIO renamed Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

Chapter 269, Statutes of 2017 included a name change for COMIO – going forward we will be known as the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH). Along with this name change, and other language in the bill, come exciting benefits and new activities for 2018. In the coming months we will be updating our website and other materials to reflect our new name.

CDCR expands the circle to reach all victims

Nolice Edwards, Chief of the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) at CDCR, has an open door wide enough to double as an airplane hangar. At the end of the day, many of her team members will pop a head in, just to get one last smile on their way home. When she spoke at the Survivor Speaks California 2018 event at the Grand Sheraton Hotel in Sacramento Tuesday, she gave her cell phone number to nearly 700 crime survivors during a speaking panel ―pausing to repeat it three times as participants scrambled to punch it into their phones.

Services and advocates unite for crime victims and survivors at Fremont Park

A few dogs still found space to chase down their toys on open stretches of grass, but the walking paths at Fremont Park all led to inspirational visuals in the central square Wednesday, as Dr. Nicole Clavo’s voice diced through the serenity with emotion and urgency during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) ceremony. Her closing remarks garnered boisterous applause from CDCR executive staff, big smiles from the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) and a bevy of support from several victim services agencies and advocacy groups in attendance.

Unlocking History: Victims from past break century of silence

Since the first inmates boarded the state prison ship Waban in 1851, victims of their crimes have tried to be heard. It took more than 130 years before victims found their voices. In 1982, voters passed Proposition 8, officially recognizing victims’ rights. Six years later, the state corrections department established a special victims office, today known as the Office of Victims and Survivor Rights and Services. After more than a century of silence, Inside CDCR delves into some of the stories of those victims, finally giving them a voice.

CDCR, CALPIA inmates donate more than $39,000 to crime victims’ groups

Inmates at the Central California Women’s Facility and the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) gave more than $39,000 to local crime victims’ support groups throughout the Central Valley. The inmates are participating in CDCR’s and CALPIA’s joint venture project Allwire Inc.