It may come as a surprise to most inmates and staff at Correctional Training Facility (CTF) that a dog “training” program does not exist in the institution. CTF is one of only two prisons in the entire country that employ a revolutionary approach to educating – not training – service dogs. Jennifer Arnold, Founder and Executive Director of Canine Assistance, created Bond-Based Choice Teaching to reframe the human-canine relationship in love rather than domination.
In celebration of the grape harvest, each year the City of Lodi hosts the annual Lodi Grape Festival. This September, the city celebrated its 81st year with the theme “I heard it through the Grapevine.” One of the many competitive exhibits taking place during the festival is the grape mural competition. The requirements for submission are that the mural must be made out of anything that was once living, like grapes, nuts, corn, dried beans, peas, etc. Both Johanna Boss and N.A. Chaderjian High Schools of the Northern California Youth Correctional Center in CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) entered the competition, as they do each year.
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.
CDCR will be awarding a fifth round of grants meant to enhance innovative programs in California state prisons. “Rehabilitative programs have proven to help decrease recidivism and increase the safety of our prisons and the public,” CDCR Acting Secretary Ralph Diaz said. “We aim to continue to develop these innovative programs in order to provide offenders with skills and tools necessary to successfully return home.” The Innovative Grant Program is intended for rehabilitative programs that have demonstrated success and focus on offender responsibility and restorative justice principles.