Unlocking History: Farmer-turned-warden fosters agriculture at Folsom prison

Unlocking History: Farmer-turned-warden fosters agriculture at Folsom prison

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.

Fallen DVI officers to be honored at Stockton PD memorial

Fallen DVI officers to be honored at Stockton PD memorial

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.

Valley State Prison Youth Offender Program hosts obedience dog graduation

Valley State Prison Youth Offender Program hosts obedience dog graduation

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.”