As CDCR works continuously on enhancing public safety, University of Southern California (USC) has a similar mission. The Safe Communities Institute (SCI) Executive Leadership Program at USC is committed to public safety. They have brought a new approach to community safety by bringing leaders of Law Enforcement together to share their experience and concepts to gain new ideas on how to better serve their community. Many CSP-LAC staff have gone through the program.
When asked to nominate a candidate to receive the prestigious Parole Agent of the Year Award, DAPO Capitol District Administrator Michelle Lewis didn’t have to look far. She selected Parole Agent Clint Cooley as the recipient. This award is goes to a parole agent who has made a significant contribution to the field of corrections and/or has exhibited exemplary job performance.
Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) Sacramento Parole Agents Tony Torres, Clint Cooley, Anthony Quintana, Ignacio Cervantes and Parole Administrator Michelle Lewis participated in the South Sacramento area’s National Night Out along with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Sacramento Sheriff’s Impact Gang Division and Sacramento County Probation. DAPO Agents were able to participate in three different locations for National Night Out. The event provided the community food and kid activities such as basketball, coloring, water games and face painting.
The second group from Sierra Conservation Center’s (SCC) Prisoners Uniting People and Puppies (PUPP) recently graduated eight former shelter dogs who completed the 12- week program and received their K-9 good citizen certification.
Yarn is needed for an annual project by CDCR staff and inmates to give at-risk children warm clothing and stuffed animals around the time of Christmas. Inmates at Folsom State Prison and at the Folsom Women’s Facility knit the garments and stuffed animals. But keeping the project alive for the sixth consecutive year requires more yarn.
Singer Johnny Cash and Folsom State Prison have been linked ever since Cash’s 1968 performance and the hit record that emerged from the endeavor. While Cash may have gotten the headlines, he wasn’t the first major recording artist to perform at the prison. After becoming the first American singer to stage two command performances for British royalty, two days later Sammy Davis Jr. made the trek to Folsom State Prison to become the first major artist to perform at the institution. It was November 1961.