Lt. Jackie Galapon, public information officer at California State Prison, Los Angeles, captured this image of the last flight of the space shuttle Endeavor as it flew over the prison on Sept. 20.
Prior commitments forced several correctional officers from Pelican Bay State Prison to miss last month’s Medal of Valor Ceremony, so a ceremony was conducted at PBSP for the honorees. Pictured from left are Correctional Officers Thomas Sheets, Michael Knight, Clayton Maxwell, Paul Davis, Warden Greg Lewis, Correctional Officer Cecil Arispe, Sgt. (A) Chuck Essex, and Correctional Officers Byron Gardner, Paul Hicks Jr. and Joshua Taylor.
Paul Davis received a Gold Star award, CDCR’s second-highest award, for stopping an inmate attack on another officer. The other officers received Medal of Valor awards, CDCR’s highest award, for jointly stopping an attack on two officers, getting the wounded officers to safety and keeping the situation from escalating.
Prototype telemedicine unit installed
at Pelican Bay SP
By Eric Reslock
Chief, External Affairs / California Prison Industry Authority
The California Prison Industry Authority’s first prototype telemedicine modular unit was installed at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) this summer.
The unit’s state-of-the-art video and medical equipment allows health professionals to provide remote exams and psychological evaluations while eliminating transportation and overtime security costs associated with providing inmate medical care outside of prisons.
Manufactured at the CALPIA’s Modular Building Enterprise at Folsom State Prison, telemedicine units are one of the most promising products of CALPIA’s Career Technical Education (CTE) program.
Telemedicine services provide expanded access to health-care providers in remote and rural areas, which helps meet the federal court mandates of increasing access to and the quality of medical care for offenders.
Telemedicine services will also improve the safety and security of clinical staff. CALPIA is manufacturing these new lightweight modular building with the same 30-year lifespan of previous models.
The telemedicine services are part of CDCR’s and CALPIA’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of staff, providing health care to inmates and using taxpayers’ dollars in the most efficient way possible.