High Desert State Prison (HDSP) recorded the first two graduates from Short Term Restricted Housing (STRH). They were recognized for their hard work and educational achievements by successfully graduating from the Transitions Program last year.
Following the significant fires in Southern California this year, a torrent of rain almost immediately followed causing some of the worst mudslides in California history. Inmate firefighters from Sierra Conservation Center supervised by CalFire once again responded to the call for help from the community.
The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran, along with the inmate population, were able to conduct inmate food sales across the institution to raise money for disaster relief administered by the American Red Cross.
For over 150 years, California’s prison system has had to adapt to new media. In the early 1940s, San Quentin Warden Clinton T. Duffy wired cells for radios. But before movies and television sets were commonplace in prisons, the department grappled with the notion of allowing a filmmaker into the prison as early as 1897. Convicted murderer Theodore Durrant, dubbed “Demon of the Belfry” by the press, was due to be executed at San Quentin. To help raise funds for his defense, Durrant’s parents contracted with the operator of an animatoscope to film the inmate. The family charged admission for this early film to raise money for his defense as his appeal was before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1895, Durrant was convicted of murdering two young women and hiding their bodies in a church belfry and a closet. His trial went on for years, garnering headlines and multiple pages of coverage.
The medical staff at Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) officially moved in to the new Healthcare Administration Building late last month. The Pharmacy/Lab Building was offically opened a few days later.
The class Thinking for Change was congratulating its second graduating class on Facility 3B at California State Prison, Corcoran. The inmates in the class learned social skills such as active listening, apologizing and responding to anger.