CDCR honors 68 at annual Medal of Valor ceremony

CDCR honors 68 at annual Medal of Valor ceremony

CDCR honored 68 employees Sept. 14 during its 33rd annual Medal of Valor Ceremony, including 17 Pelican Bay State Prison employees who were honored with Gold Star Medals after being brutally attacked during a large-scale riot at the prison last year. The department also recognized the efforts of 16 employees who went above and beyond during the Las Vegas mass shooting last year and remembered the sacrifice of Lt. Derrick “Bo” Taylor.

CDCR mourns death of Kern Valley State Prison officer 

CDCR mourns death of Kern Valley State Prison officer 

On Friday, Sept. 14, Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) Correctional Officer Armando Gallegos died unexpectedly in a Hanford hospital. Gallegos, 56, had worked at KVSP since graduating from the Basic Correctional Officer Academy in 2005. He remained at the prison until April 21, 2018, when he, along with a second officer, sustained injuries during an attack by inmates.

CDCR Time Capsule Jan. 3, 1912: Former officer describes a San Quentin visitor tour

CDCR Time Capsule Jan. 3, 1912: Former officer describes a San Quentin visitor tour

Former Correctional Officer William Conroy, who worked at San Quentin from 1903 to 1907, described what visitors saw when they toured San Quentin prison. The story was published in the Santa Cruz Evening News, Jan. 3, 1912. This was part of a short series Conroy wrote for the newspaper. At the time it was published, Conroy worked for the Santa Cruz Fire Department.