Extensive efforts to overhaul the way it deals with parolees was recognized earlier this year when DAPO earned its first ever accreditation from the American Correctional Association and accepted its designation as being among the best of the best in the field of corrections nationwide.
Ten youthful offenders recently welcomed family members to Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp for a high school graduation ceremony that included speeches by Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Director Chuck Supple and CAL FIRE Chief Robert Withrow. Pine Grove Superintendent Alicia Ginn and Principal Kim Rigg also addressed the youth and their families, recognizing the sacrifices necessary to earn a diploma simultaneous to the dogged pace of camp duties.
A group of people committed to making the world a more peaceful place gathered together this summer to learn conflict resolution skills. The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) basic workshop was held for a unique group of community members at the Museum of Man at Balboa Park in San Diego. Attendees included supervisory-level parole agents, the wife of an incarcerated man who facilitates AVP workshops in prison, two members of the inner-city social change youth troupe TranscenDANCE, and other diverse individuals.
CDCR published on Wednesday a re-notice of the Proposition 57 regulations. The public will be given a 15-day period to submit comments on these revisions. The revised regulations are the result of a previous public comment period. The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) had approved emergency regulations for Proposition 57 in April. CDCR received comments from approximately 12,000 individuals earlier this year, and the department has worked diligently to prepare responses to these comments, which will be provided to OAL in a final statement of reasons, per the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) process.