The tech industry is on pace right now to add 1 million coding jobs by 2020, and California has more than 65,000 positions waiting to be filled immediately. These jobs come with high pay, good benefits and the opportunity to impact millions of people through software development. With the right training, these young men will be on track to build solid careers that will enable them to provide for their families, invest in their personal growth and communities, and build exciting futures. The difference between this coding school and one in the heart of Silicon Valley? These young men are incarcerated at OH Close Youth Correctional Facility (OH Close), and they’re going to learn how to code without internet access.
Eric Genuis, acclaimed composer, graced Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility with Concerts of Hope, an empowering series of performances. Nearly 400 RJD inmates experienced the powerful music, stories and humor. The power behind his message was enough to bring several front row participants to tears, while also keeping others heavily amused by his empathetic anecdotes.
When the Camp Fire scorched large swaths of Butte County in November, one parole agent went above the usual call of duty to help his neighbors and provide mutual aid, as well as maintaining communication with impacted parolees.
A Santa Rosa health retreat was the scene of an explosion Feb. 5, 1910, when a mother and her 9-month-old baby barely escaped with their lives. Investigators quickly turned their attention to the proprietor of the sanitarium – Dr. Willard Preble Burke. The aged physician claimed the woman was attempting suicide, but police soon discovered motive and means, all pointing to Burke. He was sent to San Quentin, where he turned his medical skills to helping new prison doctor Leo Stanley
Victims of the Camp Fire, that destroyed the town of Paradise, received some help thanks to generous staff at High Desert State Prison (HDSP). On Dec. 18, HDSP donated $3,310 to Caring Choices, benefiting the fire victims. HDSP staff held a Camp Fire cash and gift card drive and the inmate population held a food sale and monetary drive.
Demonstrating that creativity can flourish even during confinement, artworks by California inmates are on display at the California State Capitol through Jan. 25 outside the Governor’s Office in the annex hallway. The exhibit, “Beyond the Blue,” features 15 diverse artworks evoking the prison experience, personal expression and transformation.