“All the carpenter work, plumbing, brick work, machine work and blacksmith work, in fact every conceivable variety of work done at San Quentin, is done by prisoners, as they are mostly masters of every imaginable trade,” wrote former Correctional Officer William Conroy, who worked at San Quentin from 1903 to 1907. In the Santa Cruz Evening News, Dec. 19, 1911, Conroy described jobs held by inmates, the system used to show an inmate had completed an assignment and their usual work schedule.
On July 13, the Los Angeles Central Parole District in collaboration with the City of Inglewood Mayor’s Office and South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) One Stop Center hosted the Career Pathways 180 Job Preparation and Workshop Academy. This event was the third cohort since its inception in April 2017. The Career Pathways 180 comprises four days of academia that focuses on job preparedness, readiness and soft skills with a graduation ceremony and job fair on the fifth day.
Youth at NCYCC’s O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility (OHC) and neighboring N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility (NAC) earned participation in a bevy of summer break activities in July by not exhibiting violent behavior. Staff organized recreational events each day of the month. NCYCC Superintendent Linda Bridges said youth showed trepidation in the first few days ― though that atmosphere quickly dissipated.
Calipatria State Prison (CAL) recently hosted renowned author Victor Villasenor as a guest speaker for a graduation of inmates receiving GEDs and AA degrees. He also gave a two-hour presentation to another group of the inmate population at CAL.
Parolee mentors and their successes were celebrated recently by the Division of Adult Parole Operations’ Mid-City District in Southern California. Three parolees were recognized for successfully discharging parole supervision.
There was no need for actual fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July at Richard J. Donovan (RJD) Correctional Facility. Instead, inmates on Facility E, RJD’s Non- Designated Programming Facility celebrated Independence Day with bursts of creativity. In a unique showcase organized by the inmates themselves, along with the support of volunteer service providers, the inmates demonstrated their creative talents and showcased a few of RJD’s programs in an event they produced for outside family members and friends. The event was produced through the combined efforts of the Facility E Music Program and Community Social Gatherings.