Staff at CIW raise more than $6,000 for charity

Some of the staff at the California Institution for Women (CIW) recently raised more than $6,000 for the 2013 Special Olympics.

CIW In-Service Training Department, Investigative Services Unit, and various administrative staff participated in the Annual Special Olympics Fund Raising event known as “Tip-A-Cop” at Red Robin restaurants in the cities of Menifee, Rancho Cucamonga, and Chino.

At the Rancho Cucamonga Red Robin, some of those volunteering their time from CIW were; Officer L. Bravo, Officer R. Sanchez, Officer N. Ochoa, Sgt. G. Verdesoto, Sgt. K. Anthony, Sgt. R. Thomas, and Lt. F. A. Esqueda.

The following staff participated at the Chino Red Robin; Lt. L. A. Gonzalez, Lt. M. Q. Hernandez, Sgt. M. Vega, Sgt. E. Santa Cruz, Officer R. Garcia Jr., Officer I. Hernandez, and Officer C. Cortina. Capt. M. Braly contributed his time and energy at the Menifee Red Robin Restaurant. There were other law enforcement agencies that participated in the event as well.

With hard work, dedication and a new appreciation of the challenging work
Red Robin Employees perform; staff members from CIW were able to help raise $6,400.00, more than anticipated during the daylong event. All the proceeds will benefit the 2013 Special Olympics whose mission is to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Our thanks go out to the Red Robin Franchises, Special Olympics Southern California, and to all who made this event possible.

Maximum security inmates graduate at SATF

More than 30 inmates recently graduated at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF).

The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF) held a graduation ceremony on our level IV yard on Oct. 24. This was the first ceremony held in more than five years because of disturbances on that maximum security yard.

Despite the odds, 31 inmates managed to stay focused and dedicated to complete their goal in obtaining a GED, in part thanks to the hard work of the SATF staff. Two inmates completed college degrees.

Most of their school work had to be done inside inmates’ cells, because of the lockdowns or modified programs at the institution. The inmates used a lot of self-discipline to achieve their goals

“It’s not about the certificate you are receiving today, It’s about the knowledge base you have obtained,” said Warden Ralph M. Diaz, addressing the graduates. “You have overcome many challenges to reach your goals.”

Family members were allowed to attend this celebration which made these accomplishments much more special for the inmates.


Edward Estacio

Retired CDCR employee, Edward Estacio, passed away on Oct. 11 in Bakersfield. He was 67.

He is survived by six sons, one daughter, a multitude of grandchildren and one great-grandson, as well as a host of friends made throughout his lifetime.

During his 27-year correctional career, Ed worked at several institutions/facilities, beginning with the Correctional Officer Academy held at the California Training Facility, San Quentin State Prison, Crittenden Center Work Furlough Program, the California Correctional Center, CSP-Corcoran, Leo Chesney Community Correctional Facility and Wasco State Prison.