LA Mid-City District hosts first college, vocational fair for parolees

LA Mid-City District hosts first college, vocational fair for parolees

On June 6, the Los Angeles Mid-City District hosted their first College and Vocational Fair at The Proud Bird Event Center, which offered enrollment information from 36 colleges and vocational programs. Approximately 150 parolees and 50 individuals from the public attended the event.  “It was rewarding to see our parolees walk away with so many resources,” said Patricia Tillman, Parole Agent III Supervisor, who spent months organizing the fair. “The purpose of the fair was to bring the resources to our population and allow them to make better choices that could change their lives.”

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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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LA Central female offenders get encouragement from leaders

The Los Angeles City Mayor’s Office and US Senator Kamala Harris’ Office joined the LA Central Parole District in sponsoring an inspirational luncheon that empowered and encouraged female offenders to better their lives not just for themselves, but for their families too. 

Above the Call: Avenal prison LVN helps police officer who had been shot

While waiting for his meal in a fast-food restaurant drive-through, Licensed Vocational Nurse Moses Chasimba spotted something amiss and ended up helping save an off-duty police officer. While on his way to Morrow Bay, the Avenal State Prison employee stopped in Kettleman City to grab a bite to eat, which proved to be a lifesaving moment.

High Desert inmates donate $750, new hygiene items to charity

The Facility A Criminal Gang Members Anonymous (CGA) group wanted to help the people who had been devastated by all the valley fires in late 2017. The CGA members and Inmate Leisure Time Activity Group (ILTAG) sponsor came up with the charity drive idea and found a nonprofit, the Interfaith Shelter Network (IFSN).

Inmate attack on correctional officer under investigation at CSP-Sacramento

A correctional officer is recovering from injuries sustained during an attack by an inmate Wednesday at California State Prison, Sacramento (CSP-SAC). A second officer was also injured while responding to that incident. At noon Wednesday, June 13, inmate Maurice Daniels left his cell in a housing unit on Facility C. He walked past a correctional officer overseeing the area and suddenly punched him in the face. The officer struggled with Daniels and responding staff were able to quickly quell the incident and secure Daniels in restraints using physical force and a baton.

CDCR Time Capsule 1914: San Quentin warden focuses on redeeming offenders

On Oct. 31, 1914, San Quentin Warden James A. Johnston’s article on reforms at the prison was published in The California Outlook. It was also published in other periodicals. Titled “How we treat our prisoners at San Quentin,” the warden’s piece described reception, recreation, parole and the general treatment of inmates at the state’s oldest prison. At the time, the institution still housed female inmates. Often referred to as the reform warden, Johnston had previously served as the warden at Folsom Prison where he put an end to the use of straight jackets and other cruel practices. More than 100 years ago, he pushed for fair treatment of inmates and training to help them learn the skills necessary to re-enter society. 

LA Rams host Cleats for Character event for Ventura youth

It took 49 years for the Los Angeles Rams to move their National Football League franchise to St. Louis and another 21 years to make an emphatic return to the City of Angels in 2016. Two years later, the program has its sight set on Ventura ― for outreach, not relocation. Rams players Troy Hill, Ethan Westbrooks and Dominique Hatfield joined a team of former players and Rams Community Affairs staff at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYFC) May 19 for a special event, reaching the hearts, minds, and even feet of youthful offenders.

Above the Call: CDCR Transportation Unit saves driver pinned in crashed truck

While transporting inmates, a bus crew were the first to arrive at the scene of a single-vehicle accident. The victim, pinned inside the vehicle, was saved thanks to the quick actions of the CDCR staff. On April 26, 2018, while transporting 13 inmates on Highway 26, the Statewide Transportation Unit (STU) Northern Transportation Hub bus crew – Sgt. John Arthur and Officers Ronald Moore and Mario Perez – came upon a serious vehicle accident that had just occurred.  Emergency services had yet to arrive.

SATF thanks staff with food trucks, random gifts

In early May, the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran (SATF) executive staff, in concert with the Employees Activity Committee (EAC), dedicated time and effort to the well-trained employees of SATF to show their appreciation for their hard work and dedication they provide to the rehabilitation of offenders to help ensure their success while incarcerated in an institution.