Words earnestly escaped Malik Wade as he paced housing units inside O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton. Youth nodded respectfully in Wade’s direction as he stayed illuminated in the harsh light of high windows. With raw emotion, Wade explained his past incarceration and the life principles that guided his path to post-prison success so vividly, you felt like you could paint it. The author, entrepreneur, mentor and nonprofit founder is a regular speaker in county correctional facilities, but his trek to O.H. Close represented his first outreach to youthful offenders serving time with the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).
For a quarter century, corrections veteran Karen Mory has worked to dismantle preconceptions and stereotypes in her own life as well as those of the offenders. Mory began her career working with youth offenders. She moved on to parole and eventually became a special agent for the Office of Correctional Safety’s (OCS) Special Service Unit (SSU). She’s done much in the department from helping youth offenders get on the right path to helping topple gang leaders. Special Agent Mory is one of only 32 SSU agents in the entire state. As she puts it, “SSU is CDCR’s 24-hour response team that ensures safety, decreases liabilities, restores justice and resolves emergency issues to preserve the reputation and sanctity of CDCR.”
A correctional officer is recovering from injuries sustained during an attack by an inmate Wednesday at California State Prison, Sacramento (CSP-SAC). A second officer was also injured while responding to that incident. At noon Wednesday, June 13, inmate Maurice Daniels left his cell in a housing unit on Facility C. He walked past a correctional officer overseeing the area and suddenly punched him in the face. The officer struggled with Daniels and responding staff were able to quickly quell the incident and secure Daniels in restraints using physical force and a baton.
CDCR will host a Facebook Live Q&A at San Quentin State Prison’s annual Demo Day event on Friday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m. Students will demonstrate their projects and skills learned in Code.7370, the innovative computer coding program operated in partnership with California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) and the nonprofit organization The Last Mile. CDCR will interview students and staff members from The Last Mile and CALPIA who will field questions live from the Facebook audience. CDCR employees with internet access will be able to access CACorrections Facebook page from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to view the event at www.facebook.com/cacorrections.