Former CSP-LAC Warden Ernest Roe passes at 66

Former CSP-LAC Warden Ernest Roe passes at 66

Ernest C. Roe, a longtime law enforcement official, passed away Aug. 29 at the age of 66. Roe began his law enforcement career as a San Joaquin County deputy sheriff and in 1985 became the supervisor of the California Department of Corrections training academy at Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown. He became CSP-LAC’s second warden in 1994. He retired from state service in 2003.

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Above the Call: Correctional Officer renders aid to car crash victim

A routine drive home was anything but when a correctional officer was heading home after her shift. On Aug. 18, 2018 while driving home from the California Correctional Institution, Officer Kendle Prince witnessed a single-car accident on Highway 58 outside Bakersfield.

CMF staff ‘Stuff the Bus’ with back-to-school supplies

What started as an idea by Lt. Megan Cherinka followed by a phone call to the Solano County Board of Education came to fruition on Aug. 15, when California Medical Facility (CMF) delivered 105 filled backpacks to foster children and underprivileged youth within Solano County. 

CDCR mourns death of Kern Valley State Prison officer 

On Friday, Sept. 14, Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) Correctional Officer Armando Gallegos died unexpectedly in a Hanford hospital. Gallegos, 56, had worked at KVSP since graduating from the Basic Correctional Officer Academy in 2005. He remained at the prison until April 21, 2018, when he, along with a second officer, sustained injuries during an attack by inmates.

Mule Creek prison hosts solemn 9-11 remembrance

Mule Creek State Prison honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with a moving remembrance ceremony held in the Central Plaza of the institution. Plaza walkways were lined with flags to mark the 17th anniversary of the most tragic act of terrorism on U.S. soil.

CDCR partners with Caltrans for Prison-to-Employment job fairs

CDCR and Caltrans have partnered for “Prison to Employment” job fairs with Salinas Valley State Prison Warden William Muniz representing the department. The warden is working on a special assignment for the “Prison to Employment Initiative” with Caltrans for direct Civil Service placement. Caltrans offers jobs to the inmates upon their parole which is contingent on the inmates passing an online exam, job interview, urinalysis test and an Audiometric evaluation.

CDCR Time Capsule Jan. 3, 1912: Former officer describes a San Quentin visitor tour

Former Correctional Officer William Conroy, who worked at San Quentin from 1903 to 1907, described what visitors saw when they toured San Quentin prison. The story was published in the Santa Cruz Evening News, Jan. 3, 1912. This was part of a short series Conroy wrote for the newspaper. At the time it was published, Conroy worked for the Santa Cruz Fire Department.

Las Vegas shooting taught CDCR employee how quickly life can change

When the bullets started flying at a 2017 country music festival, a CDCR employee’s daughter was seriously injured. Since that day, Ed Milam said he has a newfound sense of how quickly life can change. While the physical wounds have healed, Milam said his daughter, Jessica, was traumatized by the horrific events of that night.