Extensive efforts to overhaul the way it deals with parolees was recognized earlier this year when DAPO earned its first ever accreditation from the American Correctional Association and accepted its designation as being among the best of the best in the field of corrections nationwide.read more
Lt. Derrick “Bo” Taylor was murdered by unspeakable evil in the Las Vegas shooting. This is a profound loss to his family, co-workers and all of us at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.read more
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CMC Associate Warden Bryan D. Phillips took part in the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) beginning in July 2017. He, along with 24 others, were separated into five teams. This is his account of his experiences in ELI. “My advice to you, if your Warden asks for anyone wanting to attend the ELI, raise your hand and make a difference,” he writes.
When a man began a shooting rampage across a quiet county in Northern California, agents from the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) were there to answer the call for assistance. On Nov. 14, an active shooter was reported at the Rancho Tehama Elementary School, located in a rural area of Tehama County. Mutual aid was requested for all available law enforcement in the area to respond. Four parole agents responded to the scene with the initial responders. As the situation escalated in the county, a second request for law enforcement assistance was broadcast and three parole agents and a supervisor responded. Following the incident, DAPO activated Peer Support for all involved agencies.
Using money generated from offender fundraising activities, High Desert State Prison donated over $1,000 to a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of land and maintenance of trails in Lassen County.
Ten youthful offenders recently welcomed family members to Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp for a high school graduation ceremony that included speeches by Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Director Chuck Supple and CAL FIRE Chief Robert Withrow. Pine Grove Superintendent Alicia Ginn and Principal Kim Rigg also addressed the youth and their families, recognizing the sacrifices necessary to earn a diploma simultaneous to the dogged pace of camp duties.
Dogs are helping offenders better themselves through rehabilitation – for the canine as well as the inmate The first graduation for North Kern State Prison’s (NKSP) Pawsitive Change Program was held Nov. 10. The 18 program participants received a certificate for Canine Behavior and Training.
When a 15-year-old California girl named Emma was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease in 2015, it’s unlikely she suspected she would get help from those incarcerated in High Desert State Prison. Over the summer, 430 inmates took part in Emma’s Walk/Run at the prison. The July 21 event was dedicated to the girl battling chronic myeloid leukemia.
Since 1960, Volunteers of Vacaville has set out to make a difference in community. One such effort is The Blind Project at California Medical Facility. Aside from transcribing books to Braille, the inmates also repair Braille writers and refurbish eyeglasses.
On Nov, 7, Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) held a graduation ceremony for 13 inmates and six dogs after they completed the 12-week Pawsitive Change Inmate Dog Program.
A group of people committed to making the world a more peaceful place gathered together this summer to learn conflict resolution skills. The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) basic workshop was held for a unique group of community members at the Museum of Man at Balboa Park in San Diego. Attendees included supervisory-level parole agents, the wife of an incarcerated man who facilitates AVP workshops in prison, two members of the inner-city social change youth troupe TranscenDANCE, and other diverse individuals.