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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CHCF hosts second Father’s Day dinner as part of rewarding inmates who rehabilitate

California Health Care Facility (CHCF) hosted their second Father’s Day Dinner on Sunday, June 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. It was a success for the inmates, visitors and staff. The dinner was not during regular visiting hours so it provided a semi private environment for the inmates and family members. The event encourages the father and son relations, however mothers and daughters were also welcome. In all, 74 inmates and 59 approved visitors attended the dinner, prepared by CHCF’s culinary staff.

CDCR helps net 69 arrests, illegal drugs, weapons in compliance sweep

The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and Corcoran State Prison Crisis Response Team (CRT), as well as other regional CRTs, conducted a joint operation with the Adult Compliance Team (ACT) in Fresno. The ACT team comprises officers from the Fresno County Probation Department, the Fresno Police Department, the Clovis Police Department and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office led by a Fresno County Deputy Sheriff’s Sergeant.

CMF hospice unveils tranquil garden for inmates, volunteers and staff

Birds chirping. Butterflies flittering. Ivy inching up the sides of a trellis and the sound of water falling from a beautiful fountain. Three long, low peals of a bell marked the opening of a peaceful sanctuary in an unexpected location – inside the secure perimeter of a California state prison. The garden at California Medical Facility was created for the patients, volunteers, family members and staff of the nation’s first licensed prison hospice. The garden’s June 1 dedication was the result of more than 20 years of visionary work by dozens of CDCR medical and custody staff, administrators, volunteers, incarcerated people and activists to provide quality care to incarcerated patients in their final days.

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.”

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).