Inside CDCR video: Art inspires at Pelican Bay

Inside CDCR video: Art inspires at Pelican Bay

The beautiful artwork adorning the walls of Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) represents not only the artistic talent of its creators, but also the changes that have swept through California’s state prisons. In what used to be the Security Housing Unit (SHU), a maximum-security facility at the Crescent City prison, art, rehabilitative programs and reentry readiness are now the focus. In 2017, CDCR converted nearly 500 SHU cells into Level II housing, creating a setting suitable for lower-custody incarcerated people to live and program.

Christopher Homberg

California Correctional Center (CCC) reported the May 16, 2019, passing of Correctional Officer Christoper Homberg. He began his CDCR career in September 2008 at CCC, where he remained until his passing.

Vivien ‘Viviana’ Martinez

Family reported the passing of Vivien “Viviana” Martinez, the state’s first Hispanic female superintendent for the California Youth Authority (today known as Division of Juvenile Justice). She passed away May 7, 2019. She began her state career in...
Inside CDCR Video: Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

Inside CDCR Video: Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

It is estimated that over 3.5 million employers participated in the annual Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day on April 25, including at CDCR. The celebration is intended to introduce girls and boys across the county to the workplace and empower them to dream without gender limitations and think imaginatively about their family, work, and community lives. At CDCR institutions across the state, children participated in a variety of activities throughout the day.

Inside CDCR Video: The artists of San Quentin

Inside CDCR Video: The artists of San Quentin

Meet Carol Newborg, program manager for the San Quentin Prison Arts Project, a William James Association Arts in Corrections program that offers robust arts instruction inside the walls of San Quentin State Prison. Newborg has been teaching art in prisons for nearly 40 years, and shared with Inside CDCR how art programs help incarcerated people not only express themselves in a positive way, but can also inspire them to explore other avenues of rehabilitation.