In the early 1970s, the department made a concerted effort to hire and train women to work in the state’s prisons but those early cadets faced resistance and hostility from coworkers, supervisors, inmates and even a state senator.
When she’s not keeping an eye on parolees, Parole Agent Crystal Hogan is refereeing on the court. Despite a busy work schedule, she has devoted her spare time to becoming the only woman in the U.S. to referee division one men’s college basketball. Inside CDCR caught up with her to get her thoughts on her accomplishment.
Singer Johnny Cash and Folsom State Prison have been linked ever since Cash’s 1968 performance and the hit record that emerged from the endeavor. While Cash may have gotten the headlines, he wasn’t the first major recording artist to perform at the prison. After becoming the first American singer to stage two command performances for British royalty, two days later Sammy Davis Jr. made the trek to Folsom State Prison to become the first major artist to perform at the institution. It was November 1961.
Native American tribes gathered for the 51st annual celebration of cultural heritage and sovereignty. CDCR staff members were on hand to provide information about in-prison religious services and employment opportunities.
A longtime lawman, who became a state lawmaker and finished his career as a state corrections official, has died. Former Youth and Adult Correctional Agency (YACA) Secretary Robert Presley passed away Sept. 22, 2018, at age 93. After he left state service, he continued in the Sacramento area as a law enforcement consultant and held a lifetime teaching credential in police science, according to his family. He was also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Washington, D.C.