DVI recognized for raising $37k for Special Olympics

DVI recognized for raising $37k for Special Olympics

Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) was recently recognized by the Special Olympics of Northern California (SONC) for the institution’s generous contribution of $37,000 in 2017. In attendance for the presentations were Undersecretary Diana Toche, Chief of External Affairs Albert Rivas, Warden Robert Burton, Chief Deputy Warden Kathryn Kesterson, SONC CEO David Solo, SONC Development Director Katie Ostrom, Special Olympics athletes Joynell Armer and Jock Mayers, as well as 80 DVI staff members who have volunteered, raised money or participated in the events.

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Final Proposition 57 regulations approved

The Proposition 57 regulations were approved for permanent adoption by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday, May 1. This was the last step in codifying the regulations, which were implemented gradually last year after being approved on a temporary emergency status in April 2017.

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KVSP, CAC staff wait tables for Tip-a-Cop fundraiser

Correctional staff from Kern Valley State Prison and California City Correctional Facility recently came together at the Black Angus Restaurant in Bakersfield for the Special Olympics Southern California-Kern County Tip-A-Cop dinner.

Unlocking History: 1870s stagecoach bandit reforms, learns job skills in San Quentin

Bandits of the Old West were the stuff of legends and penny novels, many of them ending up as repeat offenders or hanging at the end of a rope. There were exceptions such as one notorious stagecoach robber who chose to take advantage of San Quentin’s rehabilitative job training program – Black Bart. According to the Library of Congress, Black Bart robbed 28 stagecoaches between 1877 and 1883. He was apprehended on Nov. 12, 1883, and four days later he pleaded guilty. Various reports place him between 50 and 55 years old at the time of his arrest. He was sentenced to eight years in San Quentin. By all accounts, he was a model inmate and was paroled in 1888.

Insight Garden Program takes root at Central California Women’s Facility

Women incarcerated at Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) recently put their green thumbs into action as they planted a beautiful garden as part of the Insight Garden Program (IGP), a nationally recognized program that aims to rehabilitate the incarcerated through connection to nature and the study of sustainable gardening.

Sports + rehabilitation a winning combination at Ventura YCF

An A and B Level “Giant Soccer” event was recently held at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility recently to encourage youth to achieve and maintain their A level in the Incentive Program which is an integral part of the Behavior Management System.

NKSP celebrates 25 years of public safety

A celebration was recently held at North Kern State Prison (NKSP) to commemorate the institution’s 25 years of service, recognize those who began with NKSP and to honor all the current employees who make NKSP a success. 

SATF, CCWF staff earn regional awards during education training

The Office of Correctional Education held the second Central Region Education Training event at the Tulare Agriculture Center on May 2. Over 600 education staff members from Salinas Valley State Prison, Correctional Training Facility, California Men’s Colony, Central California Women’s Facility, Valley State Prison, Pleasant Valley State Prison, Avenal State Prison, California State Prison-Corcoran, SATF, Kern Valley State Prison, North Kern State Prison and Wasco State Prison were in attendance, as well as many wardens and associate wardens.