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CMC Associate Warden details his experience at Executive Leadership Institute

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.

Above the Call: Parole agents face danger in Tehama County shooting spree

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.

Firefighters graduate high school at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp

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.

North Kern prison sees 18 graduate rehabilitative dog program

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.

High Desert SP inmates walk to support girl battling leukemia

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. 

Blind Project at CMF continues serving the community

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.

San Diego training brings together law enforcement, community

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.