Unlocking History: State’s early hunting licenses are reason for turkey population

Unlocking History: State’s early hunting licenses are reason for turkey population

CDCR employees making their way to work often see deer and other game animals along their route or at their workplace. Enterprise Information Services employees in Rancho Cordova sidestep droppings on their way into the office while employees in other rural areas often find themselves waiting for game animals to slowly meander across a road. One of those game animals – the wild turkey – isn’t native to the state. In fact, its introduction to California was part of a coordinated effort. In this installment of Unlocking History, we’re talking turkey.

Unlocking History: 1870s stagecoach bandit reforms, learns job skills in San Quentin

Unlocking History: 1870s stagecoach bandit reforms, learns job skills in San Quentin

Bandits of the Old West were the stuff of legends and penny novels, many of them ending up as repeat offenders or hanging at the end of a rope. There were exceptions such as one notorious stagecoach robber who chose to take advantage of San Quentin’s rehabilitative job training program – Black Bart. According to the Library of Congress, Black Bart robbed 28 stagecoaches between 1877 and 1883. He was apprehended on Nov. 12, 1883, and four days later he pleaded guilty. Various reports place him between 50 and 55 years old at the time of his arrest. He was sentenced to eight years in San Quentin. By all accounts, he was a model inmate and was paroled in 1888.

Unlocking History: State creates new agency for young offenders, part 4

Unlocking History: State creates new agency for young offenders, part 4

Institutions for young offenders sparked the need for more oversight, resulting in the creation of the California Youth Authority, which eventually became the Division of Juvenile Justice. When females were just breaking through barriers to become correctional officers in male prisons, a woman was named to head the youth authority in 1976. It’s believed she was the first woman in the nation to lead a statewide prison system. The is the fourth and final part in the series.

Unlocking History: Whittier, Preston youth reform schools open doors, part 3

Unlocking History: Whittier, Preston youth reform schools open doors, part 3

With the closure of the two previous reform schools in San Francisco and Marysville, the state established two new schools using what were considered modern approaches at the time. One school was opened in the southern part of the state and the other in the north. In this installment of the evolution of the state’s efforts to reform young offenders, Inside CDCR takes a closer look at those schools and their incarcerated wards.