CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations’ (DAPO) Adult Programs Unit (APU) welcomed a bevy of community resource providers and 49 formerly incarcerated women to the third annual Females Achieving Change Together (F.A.C.T.) empowerment event Oct. 25 at the Southwest Community Facility in San Francisco. This event is a gender-responsive collaboration of Bay Area resource providers focusing on the unique issues women face as they return to their communities after incarceration.
Costumed canines made their way through the High Acute Units at California Health Care Facility (CHCF) to celebrate Halloween. The festive pooch parade brought smiles to inmates and staff alike.
The inmate population on California State Prison, Sacramento’s (SAC) B Facility, raised $1,657 in April by holding a food sale. The proceeds benefited the Front Street Animal Shelter. As part of SAC’s continued efforts to serve the local community, the prison hosts various fundraisers, donating the proceeds to local charities. Inmate food sales, where inmates purchase specially priced food items not commonly served in the institution, is one of the ways proceeds are raised. The charities benefiting from donations are selected by the inmate population and the Community Resource Manager (CRM).
Changes are happening at North Kern State Prison (NKSP) thanks to Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue and their Pawsitive Change program. Pawsitive Change was implemented in August as part of CDCR’s innovative grant program. This progressive and intensive rehabilitation program matches “death row” dogs with NKSP’s Level III inmates.
The aptly named Grand Nave Ballroom of the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel provided a striking setting for the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) Foundation’s juvenile justice conference. The event, dubbed “A Decade of Progress: Probation’s Success with Juvenile Realignment,” featured the brightest minds in youth correctional thinking and featured Gov. Jerry Brown, a host of CPOC speakers, and an hour-long presentation by CDCR and the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).
Inmates at Avenal State Prison (ASP) Facility F walked to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life. It was a first for the prison and also one of the cancer society’s largest fundraisers from any prison.