Inmate K-9 handlers: Service dogs are ‘educated’ at CTF

It may come as a surprise to most inmates and staff at Correctional Training Facility (CTF) that a dog “training” program does not exist in the institution. CTF is one of only two prisons in the entire country that employ a revolutionary approach to educating – not training – service dogs. Jennifer Arnold, Founder and Executive Director of Canine Assistance, created Bond-Based Choice Teaching to reframe the human-canine relationship in love rather than domination.

Stockton DJJ youth harvest art awards from Lodi Grape Festival

In celebration of the grape harvest, each year the City of Lodi hosts the annual Lodi Grape Festival. This September, the city celebrated its 81st year with the theme “I heard it through the Grapevine.” One of the many competitive exhibits taking place during the festival is the grape mural competition. The requirements for submission are that the mural must be made out of anything that was once living, like grapes, nuts, corn, dried beans, peas, etc. Both Johanna Boss and N.A. Chaderjian High Schools of the Northern California Youth Correctional Center in CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) entered the competition, as they do each year.

DVI staff donate school supplies and over 100 backpacks

Students in need of help were provided some relief thanks to the generosity of the staff at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI). In July and August, staff collected backpacks and supplies. While school started late July and early August, DVI staff kept the drive going through Aug. 31.

2 CDCR fire captains’ names added to California Firefighters Memorial

Two CDCR firefighters’ names among 35 others were added to the California Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento recently in a solemn ceremony. The names of Fire Capt. Eric J. Samuelson of California State Prison, Corcoran, and Fire Capt. William Stutzman of Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility joined the nearly1,300 names of firefighters etched into the state memorial.


CDCR OIA agents rally behind Special Olympics fundraiser

On Thursday, Sept. 20, Special Agents with the Office of Internal Affairs-Southern Region participated in a “Tip-A-Cop” Fundraiser at Rock & Brews in Rancho Cucamonga to benefit Special Olympics. The event was organized by Senior Special Agent Dawn Harvell, Special Agent Richard Lee and Regional Director of Special Olympics-Southern Region Abbey Leffler. 

KVSP Officer Gallegos laid to rest in Visalia

Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) Correctional Officer Armando Gallegos’s body was transported from the Kern County Coroner’s Office to Visalia on Sept. 24. He was laid to rest Oct. 5, 2018. The procession of law enforcement, CDCR and other public safety agency vehicles escorted Officer Gallegos along the freeways and highways, where many saluted as they passed. Paying their respects on overpasses and alongside roadways, flags waved. Gallegos was also a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, being awarded the National Service Defense Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Kuwait Liberation Medal, according to his family.

Holding court: Parole Agent is only woman to referee NCAA D-1 men’s basketball

When she’s not keeping an eye on parolees, Parole Agent Crystal Hogan is refereeing on the court. Despite a busy work schedule, she has devoted her spare time to becoming the only woman in the U.S. to referee division one men’s college basketball. Inside CDCR caught up with her to get her thoughts on her accomplishment.