By Alexandra Powell, Associate Governmental Program Analyst
Office of External Affairs
Considered the second largest law enforcement agency in the United States, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) attracts interest from around the world.
Recently, an international delegation of professionals met with representatives from CDCR to learn about the California corrections system.
The delegation was comprised of 12 professionals from nine countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The group visited Sacramento under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a professional exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The IVLP connects current and emerging international leaders with their American counterparts to exchange information and strengthen diplomatic relations.
The focus of this visit was “Human and Civil Rights Advocacy and Awareness.”
The delegates represented a variety of professions including human rights activists, lawyers and a college professor. Various speakers represented CDCR, including Dr. Steven Tharratt, Director of Operations for the California Department of Correctional Health Care Services; and David Skaggs, Community Resource Manager of Religious Programs.
Each speaker gave a general overview of the Department and of their respective programs.