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

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) was 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.

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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

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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.

CMF staff supports wildfire victims

In early October 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, and Solano counties after wildfires destroyed thousands of homes, causing thousands of residents to flee their homes in the middle of the night. The staff at CMF responded by gathering supplies and raising money for the fire victims.

Parole case records analyst turns diagnosis into charity to help cancer patients

When a CDCR employee was diagnosed with breast cancer, she turned her experience into action and founded a charitable organization to help others struggling to get through the same situation. For 22 months, Kym Keyes battled breast cancer. Four years ago, she founded Khemo Buddy, a charitable organization focused on helping others undergoing cancer treatment.