CDCR Time Capsule 1877: Report sheds light on inmates, staff actions during massive fire

CDCR Time Capsule 1877: Report sheds light on inmates, staff actions during massive fire

An 1877 report of the prison directors shows the determination of staff as they dealt with a devastating fire that destroyed sleeping areas for over 200 inmates as well as cooking areas, the mess-hall and workshops. The report also sheds light on the views of prison management regarding rehabilitation efforts. On Feb. 28, 1876, fire swept through part of San Quentin State Prison, destroying “the main workshops and machinery” as well as the kitchens, according to Lt. Gov. James A. Johnson, director of the prison at the time, in his biennial report to the governor. The military and police from San Francisco, numbering 83 strong, helped secure the prison’s perimeter while inmates, staff and firemen from San Francisco fought the blaze.

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.

Medal of Valor nominations due by end of January

The nominating period is open for Medal of Valor honors through Jan. 31, 2019, for employees and community members who distinguished themselves by acts of heroism, bravery, or service beyond the normal demands of correctional/community service. (Form attached.)

Centinela, VSP, PVSP, MCSP, NKSP, CTF, SVSP, CRC, CIW, CCC get into holiday spirit to help others

Centinela, VSP, PVSP, MCSP, NKSP, CTF, SVSP, CRC, CIW, CCC get into holiday spirit to help others

From raising money for struggling families to assisting senior citizens, CDCR staff from multiple institutions stepped up to assist the communities they serve. Institutions in the high desert in northern California, the Sierra foothills, the central valley, southern California and the central coast got behind efforts to help those less fortunate.