Costumed canines made their way through the High Acute Units at California Health Care Facility (CHCF) to celebrate Halloween. The festive pooch parade brought smiles to inmates and staff alike.
The inmate population on California State Prison, Sacramento’s (SAC) B Facility, raised $1,657 in April by holding a food sale. The proceeds benefited the Front Street Animal Shelter. As part of SAC’s continued efforts to serve the local community, the prison hosts various fundraisers, donating the proceeds to local charities. Inmate food sales, where inmates purchase specially priced food items not commonly served in the institution, is one of the ways proceeds are raised. The charities benefiting from donations are selected by the inmate population and the Community Resource Manager (CRM).
Changes are happening at North Kern State Prison (NKSP) thanks to Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue and their Pawsitive Change program. Pawsitive Change was implemented in August as part of CDCR’s innovative grant program. This progressive and intensive rehabilitation program matches “death row” dogs with NKSP’s Level III inmates.
Every officer who enters the kennels at California State Prison, Solano ― two-legged and four-legged alike ― passes underneath a hand-painted sign that reads “Do it for Pyle.” It’s become the mantra of CDCR’s K-9 program, which expands to every adult institution in California next year thanks to an approved budget change proposal by the Drug Interdiction Program. The K-9 program, part of CDCR’s dogged efforts to keep narcotics and contraband out of state institutions, was pioneered by the likes of Sgt. Brian Pyle, who died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 29.
On Sept. 5, all seven dogs trained by inmates at CSP-Corcoran passed their American Kennel Club canine good citizen test with flying colors, according to organizers of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue. “I’m so glad we were able to see this round through to the finish,” said Facility Capt. Bonita Weaver.
Central California Women’s Facility recently welcomed Little Angels Service Dogs of San Diego in a partnership to train service dogs for disabled citizens.