LA Central Parole District thanks staff for hard work

On Feb. 27, the Los Angeles Central Parole District held its annual Staff Appreciation Day for 2019. This event has proven to be one of great anticipation because it reunites both current and former LA Central Staff; brings current and retired CDCR/DAPO Agents/Supervisors/Managers together; and serves as a forum to reveal, discuss, and implement the district’s annual objectives and goals.

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DAPO agents discuss careers at CRIM Talk at CSU-Fresno

On Feb. 25, Agent Fong Thor and Unit Supervisor Eddie Tostado participated in a Criminology Talk at CSU-Fresno. Agent Thor is a Fresno State alum and was invited to talk about his experiences. He spoke about his life after graduation and to becoming a parole agent. Agent Thor talked about how rewarding the job can be. Also, he explained his current assignment as a GPS agent monitoring parolees who are sex offenders.

Women’s history honored at RJD inaugural event

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) held its first National Women’s History Month celebration on Friday, Mar. 8. The event was organized by Associate Warden (AW) of Healthcare Services Carie Covel; Chief Psychologist Sonia Bahro; Chief Nursing Executive (CNE) Mia Farrell and Public Information Officer (PIO) Lt. Jennifer Davies. Warden Patrick Covello and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mary Ann Glynn kicked off the celebration. Attendees were treated to a light lunch, refreshments, giveaways, presentations and entertainment.

Parole agents, CDCR officers join local law enforcement to target crime in Long Beach

A Feb. 11 operation in an area of Long Beach found agents from the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO), CDCR’s Division of Adult Institution K9 handlers and the Long Beach Police Department’s narcotics task force serving search warrants and targeting crime in the city. The Operation was a success and resulted in multiple arrests and discovery of narcotics.

Parole agents inspire young readers through Seuss books

On Friday, Mar. 1, Parole Agents Farrah Gamez, Jasmine Lopez and PA II Susan Collins volunteered at Evergreen Elementary School for Read Across America’s Dr. Seuss Day. The Agents split up with each of them reading a Dr. Seuss book in three or four different classrooms. They also briefly described their job and answered questions from fifth-graders and read to a special needs/autistic class of students ranging from first through third grades.

Parole agents hit the books for kids

Northern Region California Parole Apprehension Team Agents recently participated in a Read Across America event at Creekside Elementary School in Stockton.

Unlocking History: Reformed inmate runs orphanages, oversees jail after release from SQ

A 1905 San Quentin inmate managed to turn her life around, later finding herself in a position to help others do the same. Newlyweds Aimee Meloling, a nurse by trade, and her husband Albert were convicted of burglary and sentenced to separate prisons. Aimee was shipped to San Quentin’s Women’s Ward while Albert was sent to Folsom State Prison. After their release, Aimee continued working on improving herself. She got a divorce, worked for numerous charities serving children and eventually landed a job with the Alameda County Jail overseeing the female inmates.

Nearly 250 parolees attend El Monte Parole District job fair

On Feb. 14, the El Monte Parole District in collaboration with the Adult Program unit held its first resource/job fair to assist parolees with their criminogenic needs. Parole Administrator (A) Melanie Reyes and PA II Specialist Santiago Flores collaborated with Elizabeth Munguia and Lorraine Gaeta, representatives of America’s Job Center of California, along with multiple vendors to plan this event.

Inside CDCR Video: Newlywed thanks BPH for second chance

Meet Lavell Jackson, a newlywed who spent part of his honeymoon visiting the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) to thank Executive Officer Jennifer Shaffer and her team for their role in his freedom.In November 2017, BPH approved Lavell Jackson’s parole under Proposition 57. Jackson, who was serving a sentence for petty theft with priors, was eligible for parole review under the Non-Violent Parole Process (NVPP). Eligible inmates who have served the full-term of their primary offense undergo a thorough public safety screening before being referred to BPH. They are reviewed for release based on their criminal history, institutional records, and input from the inmate, victims, and the prosecuting District Attorney’s Office. He paroled in January 2018.

CCI, CAC staff wait tables to benefit Special Olympics

On Jan. 31, volunteer correctional staff from California Correctional Institute and California City Correctional Facility united with the Mojave Division of the California Highway Patrol to host the first Tip-A-Cop dinner at Big Papa’s Steakhouse in Tehachapi benefiting the Special Olympics Southern California-Kern County.