Above the Call: While training, ISU members rush to aid of car crash victim

Off-site training for the Deuel Vocational Institution Investigative Services Unit (ISU) turned into a real-world scenario when they spotted a car flipping end-over-end off the freeway. On Sept. 2 at 8:45 a.m., ISU staff heard the sound of screeching tires coming from the nearby Interstate 5 to 205 exchange. Officers looked to see a small passenger vehicle come off the highway flipping front over end and then rolling approximately five times before coming to a stop not far from their location.

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CDCR honors 68 at annual Medal of Valor ceremony

CDCR honored 68 employees Sept. 14 during its 33rd annual Medal of Valor Ceremony, including 17 Pelican Bay State Prison employees who were honored with Gold Star Medals after being brutally attacked during a large-scale riot at the prison last year. The department also recognized the efforts of 16 employees who went above and beyond during the Las Vegas mass shooting last year and remembered the sacrifice of Lt. Derrick “Bo” Taylor.

CDCR joins effort to promote emergency preparedness

To learn more about the recent Day of Preparedness event held in Old Sacramento, Inside CDCR caught up with Mandy Johnson, CDCR’s Senior Emergency Management Coordinator for the Office of Correctional Safety’s Emergency Planning and Management Unit.

Former CSP-LAC Warden Ernest Roe passes at 66

Ernest C. Roe, a longtime law enforcement official, passed away Aug. 29 at the age of 66. Roe began his law enforcement career as a San Joaquin County deputy sheriff and in 1985 became the supervisor of the California Department of Corrections training academy at Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown. He became CSP-LAC’s second warden in 1994. He retired from state service in 2003.

Above the Call: Correctional Officer renders aid to car crash victim

A routine drive home was anything but when a correctional officer was heading home after her shift. On Aug. 18, 2018 while driving home from the California Correctional Institution, Officer Kendle Prince witnessed a single-car accident on Highway 58 outside Bakersfield.

CMF staff ‘Stuff the Bus’ with back-to-school supplies

What started as an idea by Lt. Megan Cherinka followed by a phone call to the Solano County Board of Education came to fruition on Aug. 15, when California Medical Facility (CMF) delivered 105 filled backpacks to foster children and underprivileged youth within Solano County. 

CDCR mourns death of Kern Valley State Prison officer 

On Friday, Sept. 14, Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) Correctional Officer Armando Gallegos died unexpectedly in a Hanford hospital. Gallegos, 56, had worked at KVSP since graduating from the Basic Correctional Officer Academy in 2005. He remained at the prison until April 21, 2018, when he, along with a second officer, sustained injuries during an attack by inmates.