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).
Ironwood State Prison Accounting Officer Ana Doyle was returning home from vacation when a car ahead of them crossed the center divider and collided head-on with a big rig near Joshua Tree National Park. Doyle and her husband parked their vehicle, making sure their young children were secure, then raced toward the mangled car.
Led by Warden Joe A. Lizarraga, many of the Mule Creek State Prison staff members are taking the initiative to better their health through exercise and healthy eating. Three times a week, Warden Lizarraga and a group of MCSP employees trade their lunch hour to work out at a local fitness center. Other employees trade their breaks for walking or working out in the MCSP employee gym.
A quiet summer Saturday found an off-duty registered nurse pulling someone from a swift-moving river. On Saturday, June 17, Folsom State Prison (FSP) Supervising Registered Nurse II David Toman was spending time with his family and their dog, enjoying the Bridgeport South Yuba River State Park in Penn Valley. Then he heard a cry for help and saw a man going under in the river’s swift current.
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.
The aptly named Grand Nave Ballroom of the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel provided a striking setting for the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) Foundation’s juvenile justice conference. The event, dubbed “A Decade of Progress: Probation’s Success with Juvenile Realignment,” featured the brightest minds in youth correctional thinking and featured Gov. Jerry Brown, a host of CPOC speakers, and an hour-long presentation by CDCR and the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).