Beyond the Badge: PRA coordinator finds meaning through song

Beyond the Badge: PRA coordinator finds meaning through song

In her day job, Nashea Jackson receives, assesses and routes public records act requests. It’s an important job for the public and the department which is why she finds work-life balance through her music. For over 22 years, Jackson has been in state service. In her spare time, she’s part of a singing group. Inside CDCR caught up with her to find out about her music beyond the job.

Beyond the Badge: MCSP employee expands horizons through student exchange

Beyond the Badge: MCSP employee expands horizons through student exchange

When Health Program Specialist Teresa McCord isn’t at her day job at Mule Creek State Prison, she can usually be found helping coordinate educational opportunities for students visiting from other countries. As the education coordinator for Cultural Homestay International (CHI), she handles students from 20 countries. While in the U.S., the teens get to experience life as an American student visiting places like San Francisco, Disneyland and state parks. Inside CDCR caught up with McCord to find out about her other job beyond the prison walls.

Beyond the Badge: Nature photography helps CDCR employee maintain work-life balance

Beyond the Badge: Nature photography helps CDCR employee maintain work-life balance

As part of an ongoing series highlighting the activities of CDCR employees outside of their normal jobs, Inside CDCR caught up with shutterbug and nature enthusiast Glenn Robinson, manager of the HR Policy and Procedures Unit. He’s worked for the department for two-and-a-half years, starting as a trainer in the Office of Personnel Services before promoting to his current position. A recent outing found Robinson at Yosemite National Park to photograph a waterfall at sunset.

Beyond the Badge: SATF employees visit Kenya to help needy, including at two prisons

Beyond the Badge: SATF employees visit Kenya to help needy, including at two prisons

Two CDCR employees, a husband and wife team, traveled along with an evangelist friend  to Kenya, Africa, in November and December 2018. Capt. Marshall Denning and DDP Teacher Assistant Tamsin Denning from the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran (SATF) traveled to help in an area where more than 46 percent of the citizens live at or below the poverty level.

Beyond the Badge: CDCR officers help at-risk kids in ‘Big’ way

Beyond the Badge: CDCR officers help at-risk kids in ‘Big’ way

It’s a small action with a massive impact: spending time with a child. The simple act of sharing space and time with a young person can cause ripple effects that last a lifetime, and those effects can be even greater if the adult is committed to public safety and community service. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sacramento Area (BBBS) is partnering with regional law enforcement to create those officer/child partnerships, and a CDCR couple with strong correctional safety ties has stepped up to serve.