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Officer battling cancer donates funds to child cancer patients

Officer battling cancer donates funds to child cancer patients

When CSP-Corcoran Correctional Officer Socorro Rios was diagnosed with cancer, her coworkers wanted to help. They organized a fundraiser, shoring their locks to show support. Raising $10,000 to help her in her battle, K-9 handler Rios instead donated all those funds to Valley Children’s Hospital.

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Secretary’s Corner: Join me in making CDCR greater than ever

“In my first Secretary’s Corner, I want to begin by expressing appreciation for everyone who has willfully chosen this profession, and has or will give it the best years of their lives. I want to thank everyone who shares my hope of a better future for the agency. I want this message to be an invitation to you to join me in what I believe will be the greatest period in our department’s history.” — Ralph Diaz

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CCC supervising dentist thanked for supporting military employee

California Correctional Center’s (CCC) Supervising Dentist Dr. Clyde Hopson was presented with the Patriot Award at CCC, by retired Gen. Mike LePeilbet from the Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Hopson received the award for supporting Dr. Amir Bahadori while he was deployed overseas. 

Avenal employee graduates from Fresno State with top honors

Jennifer Snell, CCHCS Health Program Specialist I for Mental Health at Avenal State Prison, has graduated summa cum laude (4.0 GPA) with a Masters of Science in Criminology from California State University, Fresno. Being a mother, a wife and a correctional employee, she still made time to continue her education.

Johanna Boss students shape successful narrative with 2019 prep graduation

About an hour after teaching his fellow graduates of Johanna Boss High School in Stockton the methodology of a “schoolboy knot,” sharply-dressed Valedictorian Ethan Ragan stepped to the lectern inside the OH Close Youth Correctional Facility auditorium, straightened his own tie, and shared even greater insight for success. “Although we have made some mistakes in our past, and have been through some struggles, we have turned a truly negative situation into a positive one by graduating here before you,” he said. “We know that we are not defined by our past, but by our present, and the decisions we make from here on will determine who we truly are.”

Mother of 6 returns to prison to encourage offender graduates

Mother of six and former California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) graduate, Vera Salcedo, walked into the Folsom Women’s Facility (FWF) beaming with pride.  The June 6 visit to prison was different, in her words “transforming.”  Wearing professional attire instead of her prison blues, Vera attended and provided words of encouragement to the female offenders at the graduation ceremony.

Unlocking History: Stagecoach driver Charley Parkhurst blazed gender-nonconforming trails

Today’s CDCR transportation units rely on buses and cars traveling over paved roadways, but this wasn’t always the case. When transporting inmates in the 1850s, there were generally two methods – ship or stagecoach. One of the state’s early stagecoach “whips,” as drivers were called, was “Six-Horse Charley” Parkhurst. The cigar-smoking, tobacco-chewing whip drove stages in northern California, Nevada and sometimes across multiple states. He was ranked among the best drivers in California, alongside Henry J. “Hank” Monk and Clark Foss. He helped transport inmates to the state asylums as well as the state prison at San Quentin, making him a sort of early contracted Transportation Officer. Parkhurst’s stage driving career ended when trains began to crisscross the state. He retired from the road, occasionally hauling something for neighbors, but got into the lumber and ranching business. Decades of hard living finally caught up to Parkhurst, who succumbed to cancer in 1879. It was only then friends discovered Charley’s given name was Charlotte and he’d been born female. This is the story of a person who migrated west during the Gold Rush to blaze new trails, break stereotypes and live life on his own terms.

Parole agents join West Sacramento police to host kids’ football clinic

The Invictus Youth Foundation, along with West Sacramento Police Department and DAPO Sacramento and Woodland Parole Agents, held a free community youth football clinic at River City High School on May 18. Pro NFL players along with Invictus Foundation staff and community leaders put 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.

Staff fitness center opens at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility

What seems to be key to staying fit is exercising and Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) opened the Activity/Fitness Center during a recent ribbon cutting ceremony with the objective of making exercise opportunities more readily available to staff in order to help them achieve and maintain their fitness goals.

CCI inmate firefighter interviews with CAL FIRE

alifornia Correctional Institution (CCI) Fire Chief Daniel Turner recently took inmate firefighter David Reeves to the Clark Training Center in Riverside to take a CAL FIRE exam for Fire Apparatus Engineer. Inmate Reeves qualified to take this exam due to his experience and training received at the CCI Fire Department.