An 1874 report by the state prison investigative committee details efforts to rehabilitate inmates, lists a typical mess hall menu and describes the general layout of San Quentin. The committee also made their case to establish a branch prison at Folsom. Regarding education overseen by the prison chaplain, the report states, “Here, in the school-room, can be seen old gray-headed and young men sitting side by side, learning and being willing to learn.”
When Health Program Specialist Teresa McCord isn’t at her day job at Mule Creek State Prison, she can usually be found helping coordinate educational opportunities for students visiting from other countries. As the education coordinator for Cultural Homestay International (CHI), she handles students from 20 countries. While in the U.S., the teens get to experience life as an American student visiting places like San Francisco, Disneyland and state parks. Inside CDCR caught up with McCord to find out about her other job beyond the prison walls.
Early in the state’s history, those who walked the walls and halls of the first prisons helped establish and mold the modern correctional profession. One such individual was Captain of the Yard A.C. McAllister who earned the respect of the inmates at San Quentin and went on to help serve the indigent and elderly in Marin County. As part of an ongoing effort to tell the stories of early penologists,, Inside CDCR took a closer look at McAllister’s life.
Unlocking History: For Victims’ Rights Week, Inside CDCR looks at an unsolved 1890s murder – and a likely suspect
Longtime popular merchant Ah Yee was robbed and murdered in 1898. His killer was never caught but in 1904, investigators believed Adolph Weber, a young man accused of murdering his entire family, was also responsible for the earlier murder. Ah Yee’s slaying led the governor to offer a reward to help close the case. Inside CDCR takes a closer look at the murder of Ah Yee, possibly another of Weber’s many victims. More than a century later, the victim is given a voice.
A correctional officer, a lieutenant and a correctional counselor left prison grounds and entered the world of Dr. Suess, at least for a day. As part of Read Across America, three staff members from Valley State Prison (VSP) visited a Fresno elementary school on March 2, the birthday of the famous children’s author,