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.
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.
A 1988 edition of Correction News published a story on a Folsom State Prison correctional officer who was killed after trying to stop a robbery. He succumbed to his injuries nine days after the attack.
A popular TV game show in 1958 featured a prison warden as one of the contestants – San Quentin Warden Fred R. Dickson. He had a long career in corrections, eventually being appointed to run what was then known as the Adult Authority.
A CDCR-produced 2009 video highlights the first graduating class of the Offender Mentor Certification Program at California State Prison, Solano. The video also documents a visit from actor Martin Sheen.
In 1989, Correction News published a Director’s Message by James Rowland in which he focused on women working in the department.