It’s a small action with a massive impact: spending time with a child. The simple act of sharing space and time with a young person can cause ripple effects that last a lifetime, and those effects can be even greater if the adult is committed to public safety and community service. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sacramento Area (BBBS) is partnering with regional law enforcement to create those officer/child partnerships, and a CDCR couple with strong correctional safety ties has stepped up to serve.
Shannon Swain, Superintendent of CDCR’s Office of Correctional Education was joined by Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) Director Brant Choate; OCE Deputy Superintendent Hillary Iserman; Carolyn Zachry, Administrator of Adult Education for the California Department of Education (CDE); and Barry Groves, President of the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), for a tour of San Quentin’s many programs led by Principal Michael Wheeless.
CDCR officials are investigating the attempted homicide of a peace officer at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran (SATF).
The Leonard Greenstone Memorial Marine Technology Training Center, at California Institution for Men, certifies inmates in commercial diving and underwater welding. It offers offender the chance to change their life trajectory through high-paying jobs available when they are released. Less than 7 percent of the inmates who graduate from the program reoffend. After a two-year remodeling effort, the diving center was re-dedicated on Dec. 5.