CDCR’s Office of Business Services (OBS) is seeking any information related to a technological relic they believe once served to connect Folsom State Prison to the outside world. Received in 2007, an antique telephone switchboard sits on the second floor of OBS. Covered in notes, the OBS staff is asking questions. How old is it? When was it in service? Did it actually come from Folsom Prison? OBS reached out to Inside CDCR to see what information could be gleaned from the clues on the device. The manufacturer’s mark is Western Electric but there is no manufacturing date.
Since the first inmates boarded the state prison ship Waban in 1851, victims of their crimes have tried to be heard. It took more than 130 years before victims found their voices. In 1982, voters passed Proposition 8, officially recognizing victims’ rights. Six years later, the state corrections department established a special victims office, today known as the Office of Victims and Survivor Rights and Services. After more than a century of silence, Inside CDCR delves into some of the stories of those victims, finally giving them a voice.
In 1961, California Medical Facility (CMF) launched an arts program almost by accident when the warden at the time wanted the walls of the dining hall painted. Known back then as superintendent, William Keating enlisted some artistically inclined inmates for the task. “What started as a simple dining room improvement program has developed into a nationally famous art colony,” reads a 1965 brochure produced by CMF inmates for a spring art show. “(The superintendent) assigned a couple of inmates to create some paintings (for the walls). This accomplished, the artists asked for permission to continue painting. Other inmates expressed an interest in art (and soon) an art colony was born.”
Parole Agent Janet Miller was recognized as a 2017 Peace Officer of the Year in a ceremony on March 15. The Exchange Club of Redding selected the recipients which included officers from CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO), Anderson Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Redding Police Department, Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, Shasta County Marshal’s Office, Shasta County Probation Department and Sheriff’s Department.
Two CDCR employees were presented awards during the Public Sector CIO (Chief Information Officer) Academy on Feb. 28 to recognize their achievements in the information technology field. Russ Nichols, CDCR’s CIO and Director of Enterprise Information Services, received the CIO of the Year award. Linda Leonard, Information Technology Supervisor II, received the IT Leadership award.