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.
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.
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.
A 17-year CDCR veteran has been tapped to lead the local high school football team as their head coach. Correctional Lt. Ron Redding, who works at Pleasant Valley State Prison, is a 1995 graduate of Coalinga High School and a former player himself. He was a two-time first team all-league offensive tackle for the Horned Toads, the school’s team.
Correctional Officer Jose Andrade walks the toughest beat in the state and soon could be walking the runway. The California State Prison, Sacramento, employee recently signed with a modeling and acting agency. The “side gigs,” as he puts them, have him auditioning for TV shows. Inside CDCR caught up with him for the lowdown.
When she’s not keeping an eye on parolees, Parole Agent Crystal Hogan is refereeing on the court. Despite a busy work schedule, she has devoted her spare time to becoming the only woman in the U.S. to referee division one men’s college basketball. Inside CDCR caught up with her to get her thoughts on her accomplishment.