CDCR Time Capsule 1970s: Officer training video emphasizes empathy

CDCR Time Capsule 1970s: Officer training video emphasizes empathy

California Medical Facility was given an 8mm film that appears to have been shot in the mid- to late-1970s or possibly the early 1980s. Titled, “The Correctional Officer: Doing Time – Life as an inmate,” the video was a training tool for correctional officers to help improve the relationship between inmates and staff. In the mid-1970s, the corrections department, along with the California Youth Authority, started a training academy for correctional officers. This video was part of those early efforts.

CDCR Time Capsule (videos) 1960-64: Newsreels highlight early rehabilitative art programs at San Quentin

CDCR Time Capsule (videos) 1960-64: Newsreels highlight early rehabilitative art programs at San Quentin

Using art as a tool for rehabilitation inside prison has been around for decades with the practice’s popularity fluctuating, depending on the decade. The British Pathé YouTube channel features three short newsreels highlighting art shows at San Quentin State Prison in the early 1960s. The British Pathé YouTube channel features three short newsreels highlighting art shows at San Quentin State Prison in the early 1960s. Newsreels typically played before the movies started, much like today’s previews.