Taking pride in their philanthropy, North Kern State Prison has been actively involved with the community by contributing to local schools, youth groups and helping the less fortunate during the holidays.
In the 1880s, John Joseph Smith worked on his father’s farm, but seeing a low return on investment, he decided farming wasn’t in his future. The 21-year-old Smith set off to try a different career path – the state prison system. The farm boy was the youngest officer in the state prison system in 1889. He eventually worked his way up to become warden. In all, he had 37 years of state service when he left in 1927.
Inmates involved in the Arts in Corrections (AIC) program at California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) were treated to a very special guitar workshop. Thomas Gabriel, the oldest grandchild of the late singer Johnny Cash, visited the guitar classes on A and B facility, two of the prison’s level IV yards on Oct. 2.
A memorial in Stockton honoring peace officers from San Joaquin County who were killed in the line of duty will soon add several names, including two CDCR officers who died while serving at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI). “CDCR personnel serve proudly and we honor the lives of who have fallen in the line of service,” said DVI Warden Robert Burton.
Each year, the staff at CSP-Sacramento (SAC) holds a coat drive to make the winter months brighter and warmer for local students. This year, SAC partnered with the Rancho Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) to benefit the youth, to honor the memory of fallen Sacramento County Deputy Mark Stasyuk.
The head facilitator penned a piece describing a recent dog program graduation. “On Oct. 3, Valley State prison (VSP) held it second Youth Offender Program (YOP) obedience dog graduation. It was a tremendous success. Our program is committed to assisting in the overall development and basic obedience training of rescued dogs that come into our care. We believe that rescue dogs deserve to be treated kindly and ultimately adopted by a family who can love them unconditionally. We had two of our beloved dogs graduate with flying colors, ‘Toby’ who is a Chihuahua/Dauchsund mix, and ‘Hank’ who is a cocker spaniel.”