Bay Area reentry event empowers 68 female parolees with DAPO support

Bay Area reentry event empowers 68 female parolees with DAPO support

Jasmine Washington lifted the lapels of her sleek blazer and boldly strutted between rows of fellow women parolees at the Southeast Community Facility in San Francisco on Oct. 24. Surrounded by 67 of her peers, representatives from 56 local resource service providers and supportive Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) staff from the Adult Programs Unit (APU), Washington displayed her own empowerment just as sharply as she did her new suit ― courtesy of Dress for Success.

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School district learns about gangs thanks to DAPO agents

Parole agents Ramiro Aguilera and Shant Sheklanian were guest speakers at the Clovis Unified School District Security Staff Meeting. The agents spoke to school administrators, counselors and education professionals from the district’s numerous high schools.

Unlocking History: Early prison doctor brought San Quentin into 20th century

In 1913, Woodrow Wilson became the 28th President of the United States and the Ford Motor Company instituted the world’s first moving assembly line to crank out its Model T. Meanwhile at San Quentin, 27-year-old Dr. Leo Stanley was appointed resident physician. He served as the San Quentin resident physician from 1913 until 1951, only leaving for a brief time to serve in World War II. When he retired in 1951, Harry S. Truman was in the White House, the Korean War was raging and America was tuning in to watch the first episode of “I Love Lucy.”

Go behind the scenes of RJD’s Facebook Live feed

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) joined forces with the Office of Public and Employee Communications (OPEC) to broadcast the San Diego prison’s first-ever Facebook Live video. Krissi Khokhobashvili, deputy chief of the Office of External Affairs, with the organization and filming skills of Public Information Officers Ike Dodson and Allie Powell, and the help from some curious viewers, interviewed RJD staff and inmates on their experiences living and working in a program-focused facility.

Kern Valley prison’s Peace Day honors veterans

Kern Valley State Prison’s Facility ‘C’ recently held its fourth annual Peace Day fundraising event. The inmate population partnered with staff to raise nearly $2,000 for Honor Flight Kern County, an organization dedicated to sending our American veterans to Washington D.C. to see the monuments and memorials built in their honor.

Female design students build better future through CALPIA

Deer wander through the grounds on a hilltop overlooking Folsom Lake, just feet from a classroom teaching female offenders how to better their chances of success post-release. Inside the small building at the Green Valley Training Center, instructor Brian Shamrock helps the students learn AutoCAD (computer aided design) for spatial planning, offered by California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA). The students all share something in common – they are incarcerated at Folsom Women’s Facility.

CVSP celebrates three decades of public safety

On Oct. 19, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) celebrated its 30-year anniversary. CVSP staff along with Ironwood State Prison staff, Blythe Chief of Police, Blythe City Manager, the Mayor of Blythe, and numerous members of the community were present to celebrate. Also in attendance was former Warden John Salazar, who was the Warden at CVSP in 2008 and had a time capsule sealed with the intention that it would be opened on the 30-year celebration. 

Above the Call: Off-duty CDCR nurse helps family on remote highway

Northeast California is a land of majestic views, wilderness and remote roadways is not the place to have car trouble, let alone be in a single-vehicle accident. When a High Desert State Prison (HDSP) employee was on her way to work, she came across a vehicle flipped over on an icy road.

Unlocking History: After 35 years, you can hear Preston School band

Arts have long played a major role in rehabilitation efforts of California’s offenders and music is no exception. A vinyl recording titled “Sacramento, City of Camellias” is one such example. Published in 1983 by Danmar Co., the record features the Mother Lode Band of the now-shuttered Preston School of Industry in Ione.