CDCR puts its high quality of schools in the spotlight

CDCR puts its high quality of schools in the spotlight

Education is the gift that can never be taken away – once you learn something, it’s yours to keep. That’s the message Shannon Swain sends to students every time she visits a prison. As Superintendent of the Office of Correctional Education (OCE) for CDCR, Swain and her team are committed to providing opportunities for academic growth during incarceration. In 2019, they’ll kick off a first-of-its-kind program to recognize correctional schools of excellence.

CDCR peer support volunteers respond to deadly Butte County fire

CDCR peer support volunteers respond to deadly Butte County fire

From office closures to evacuations, CDCR staff living and working in the path of Butte County’s devastating Camp Fire were heavily impacted along with their friends and neighbors. Staff also rushed to the scene to help. Wiping out the town of Paradise, the state’s largest and deadliest fire drew firefighters from nearby inmate fire camps and institutions. CDCR also responded by activating Peer Support teams to travel to the affected areas.