Jasmine Washington lifted the lapels of her sleek blazer and boldly strutted between rows of fellow women parolees at the Southeast Community Facility in San Francisco on Oct. 24. Surrounded by 67 of her peers, representatives from 56 local resource service providers and supportive Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) staff from the Adult Programs Unit (APU), Washington displayed her own empowerment just as sharply as she did her new suit ― courtesy of Dress for Success.
Peace Officer Selection and Employee Development, Office of Training and Professional Development (OTPD), has completed the deployment of the CDCR Training Portal, or Learning Management System (LMS) throughout the Department.
Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) Correctional Officer Armando Gallegos’s body was transported from the Kern County Coroner’s Office to Visalia on Sept. 24. He was laid to rest Oct. 5, 2018. The procession of law enforcement, CDCR and other public safety agency vehicles escorted Officer Gallegos along the freeways and highways, where many saluted as they passed. Paying their respects on overpasses and alongside roadways, flags waved. Gallegos was also a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, being awarded the National Service Defense Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Kuwait Liberation Medal, according to his family.
CDCR will be awarding a fifth round of grants meant to enhance innovative programs in California state prisons. “Rehabilitative programs have proven to help decrease recidivism and increase the safety of our prisons and the public,” CDCR Acting Secretary Ralph Diaz said. “We aim to continue to develop these innovative programs in order to provide offenders with skills and tools necessary to successfully return home.” The Innovative Grant Program is intended for rehabilitative programs that have demonstrated success and focus on offender responsibility and restorative justice principles.
Former Correctional Officer William Conroy, who worked at San Quentin from 1903 to 1907, wrapped up his series on prison life by giving his opinions on where real prison reform should begin. The story was published in the Santa Cruz Evening News, Jan. 5, 1912. This is the last of his series. Just five years after these stories were originally published, Conroy was killed in a vehicle accident. He was 45 years old.